Bird Box City


Bird Box City

From 31st October to 3rd November the small room in The Parlour Showrooms Bristol will be turned into a Bird Box City.

The humble bird box has been a starting point for residents and service users of Milestones Trust as well as guest artists and community groups.

Bird Boxes have been created, adapted, decorated, and deconstructed, with no limits on what this space could become.

Explore this network of tiny homes, a space for sharing, collecting creating and thinking. Find yourself ‘nesting’ in a human sized bird’s nest and become part of the installation by creating your own bird box to add to the city.


Job Advert for Arts and Wellbeing Officer

Arts and Wellbeing Officer

£23,000- £25,511 per annum pro rata (‘F’ Hay Scale)

To co-ordinate the development and delivery of Wellspring’s Arts and Wellbeing Service.

Work with Wellspring staff to develop this service, and along with other organisations and local residents, deliver a high-quality programme of Arts and Wellbeing.

  •  The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS (previously CRB) check.
  • The post is 26.25 hours a week.
  • Permanent contract, renewable subject to available funding.
  • Holiday entitlement is 25 days per annum (pro rata) plus statutory holidays.

The closing date for applications is noon Monday 11th November 2013

Interviews are planned for week commencing 25th November 2013

For an application form, please contact reception on 0117 304 1400, email or visit our website

All information about the role is contained in the job pack, however after reading should you still have any questions, please contact Rhian Loughlin on 0117 304 1413

 Please note we cannot accept CVs.

Wellspring is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre is seeking to become an equal opportunities employer and applications are encouraged from all members of the community.

Wellspring Healthy Living Centre is a company limited by guarantee registered in Englandand Wales under number  6040773 and a charity under number 1134593.

Creative Networking, For Anyone Interested in Arts and Health

Creative Networking - First Event To The Drawing Board

Get creative and meet others working in Arts and Health in Bristol. 

Bristol Arts and Health Forum are running a series of creative networking events. The events are open to anyone currently engaged in Arts and Health activities, or for those who want to get involved in the sector. So whether you are an arts and health practitioner, art consultant, artist or a health and social care professional these events are for you.

All of the evenings will be suitable for all levels of ability. Creativity and communication will be encouraged throughout and you will have the chance to freely network with a group of like-minded individuals.

There will be four events in total and the first session will be:

To the Drawing Board

On: Thursday 28th November 2013
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30 pm
At: The Big Chill Bar
Cost: Free but booking required

Join artist Anouk Mercier for a fun and interactive workshop centered around creative drawing and collaboration in a relaxed and friendly setting. With a series of short exercises and drawing ‘games’, this workshop is designed to awaken inspiration and aid communication. Suitable for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to experienced drawers, this is an ideal opportunity to reconnect with an activity that we all indulged in as children, or to sharpen existing skills and experiment with new approaches to creative drawing.

Max_McClure_All_Rights_Reserved_40_-27Other events to follow will be

January – A workshop by Marcus Lanyon to encourage creative match-making for projects, ideas and skills through drawing, writing and sculpture.

March– A workshop by Rodney Harris exploring materials in unconventional ways, including clay and fruit.

May – A workshop by Ali Brown called Urban Knitting – Aruba Stones, encouraging participants to create their own piece of knit graffiti and be part of a ‘knitiffi’ installation.

To be kept up to date about these events and more please sign up to the Bristol Arts and Health blog.

Photos by Max McClure

Event booking at

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Evaluation reveals benefits for mental health and wellbeing


Evaluation reveals benefits for mental health and wellbeing

An evaluation of the Arts on Prescription programme reveals benefits for mental health and wellbeing.

People experiencing anxiety and depression who were referred on to a course of arts activities experienced significant benefits in terms of their personal and mental wellbeing. Read more at

The report was carried out by Bristol based arts consultants Willis Newson