Open Arts is a community arts and mental health project run as one of the charities managed within the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. The project offers courses consisting of taster sessions in visual arts, drama, digital art and music, with the aim of providing relaxing social arts groups that encourage new skills and confidence for people who feel they have a mental health need and to carers. Open Arts offers accreditation, volunteer opportunities, links to further learning, research, projects, exhibitions and studio provision at Hadleigh Art House: part of the Hadleigh Old Fire Station (HOFS) community arts and culture facility.
Open Arts works in partnership with Essex County Council, Rochford District Council, Adult Community Learning Essex, ACAVA, Brentwood Borough Council, Southend Borough Council, Thurrock Council, Anglia Ruskin University, South Essex Service User Research Group (SE-SURG), Addaction, Together Thurrock, Workers' Educational Association (WEA), Eastern Roots, Metal and The Beecroft Gallery.
Open Arts are grateful to our funders Essex County Council Cultural Strategic Fund, Brentwood Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, Brentwood Community Fund, Leigh Lions Club and EPUT Charity Fund, who make it possible for our projects to continue making a positive impact to so many people.
'Highly Commended' in the Partnership Working Award category at the National
Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards 2016. We won the Arts, Mental Health
and Wellbeing Award at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards
2015 and 2013. Thanks to all our artists, volunteers and participants and
studio members that continue to make the project the success it is.
Open Arts is not a core
within the Trust. We are completely
reliant on external funding to pay for the running and delivery of the
project, including core costs, courses, studios and materials. We benefit from
the infrastructure and staff overheads of EPUT, using their offices venues as
meeting places, the finance and HR departments but receive no funding directly.
As we are
a charitable community arts and health project which is self-funding, any
contribution towards our valuable and worthwhile project is gratefully received
and will enable us to continue our work.
make cheques payable to ‘EPUFT Charity Fund’ and post to Open Arts, The Art
House, next to Hadleigh Old Fire Station, 19 High Street, Hadleigh, Essex SS7
We have a
YouTube channel OpenArtsEssex https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXrFkRhEG1A
visit, ‘like’ and share our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/openartsessex
Twitter and Instagram @OpenArtsEssex