Open Arts courses

“I’ve come a long way since. It’s enabled me to include more of the art/craft I used to do and hope to carry on with. A brilliant course!”

If you wish to enrol on one of our courses, please firstly read our referral process on the Referrals page. Thank you.

Social Workers / Care co-ordinators: We need a minimum of 12 people with Recovery Budgets, Carers’ Budgets or Personal Budgets to run a course in your area. Please contact us to discuss the possibilities.

We can run visual arts courses across Essex depending on funding. To enrol, or find out more information about these courses, please contact: or call: 07903 188 673


*For those not eligible for a personal budget we have some FREE funded spaces. If this is you, apply direct to Open Arts for a funded place.
*2 different funding routes. If you are unsure, call Jo at Open Arts to discuss on 07580 982462

Open Arts Studio Following completion of a 12 week Open Arts course, participants can apply to Open Arts for a one day a week, 6 month studio placement.
Space for individual arts development in a creative hub.
Days & Times: Mondays 10am-4pm
Tuesdays 10am-2pm

Wednesdays 10am - 4pm (volunteer led day)
Thursdays 10am-4pm
Fridays 1-4pm

Location: Hadleigh Old Fire Station, Hadleigh SS7 2PA

Studio Managers: Michele Fazakerley, Sue Richardson, Jackie Shorter and Paul Alcock.

Volunteers: Kathy, Richard, Clara, Julie and Lauren 

Fee: £3.50 per session includes refreshments or if you have funding 50p towards refreshments / plus
£1-£2 suggested donation towards art materials each week



Personal budgets / Recovery budgets / Carers budgets

Our courses are funded through two different streams; for people eligible for a personal budget (critical and substantial social care needs), we kindly ask that their social worker/health professional apply for a recovery budget, personal budget or a carers budget on their behalf. For those with low to moderate needs, they can request a funded place directly from Open Arts. Your social worker or care coordinator can apply on your behalf or please give us a ring to discuss your options.


Option 1 £250 a 12 week course (materials included and optional gallery visit)

Option 2 £350, a 12 week course (materials included and optional gallery visit) plus the option of a six month follow up studio space for independent art making (materials not included), exhibitions, accreditation and volunteering. 

Option 3 £100 six month studio placement (materials not included)

Click here to download the Recovery Budget Plan.