The Journey


The Journey

Expressions: The Journey
26 April to 1 May 2014. Open 10.30am-6.00pm daily.
Paintworks Event Space, Bath Road, BS4 3EH

This year Expressions takes you on a thousand different journeys, in trains, ships, shoes, dreams and lifetimes. Sail to a desert island, meet ‘the sea’ in female form, reinvent yourself in our mystery wardrobe, take a cardboard train to a larger-than-life city, and find unexpected souvenirs in our travel shop.

You can also explore a fabulous knitted street, woollen from its bricks to its parking meters. Try knitted wigs at the wig shop, shrink your jumper in the launderette and buy a pint of knitted milk in the corner shop.

This interactive landscape is the result of a year’s work by hundreds of people supported by Milestones Trust, the south west’s leading care provider. So let the wind blow you off-course this April and wash up on our colourful shores!

Expressions is a creative arts programme run by Milestones Trust. Who give practical support and encouragement to individual artists within the Trust, and provide opportunities for all to participate in and experience the creative arts

Philosophy Workshop for Patients and Healthcare staff


Philosophy Workshop for Patients and Healthcare staff

Thursday 14th November 11am – 1pm

Patients and healthcare professionals are invited to engage with philosophy and one another in exploring the experience of illness. Using phenomenological concepts and art materials, the session will take the participants through the three steps of the ‘phenomenological toolkit’, a staged process that includes looking at illness from multiple perspectives and examining its impact on patients.

This workshop especially invites BOHC patients and staff. To book, please telephone 0117 9288515. If you are interested in either attending, finding out more or running a similar event, please contact Dr Havi Carel:

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.

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




Artshine is an art group for people with low to moderate mental issues.

There are two groups running this term over 12 weeks.

Tuesday 10 – 12 at Charlotte Keel Health Centre
Friday 10 – 12 at Wellspring

To make a referral or for more information please contact Sarah Winch, Arts Programme Manager at Wellspring on or call 0117 304 1429

The Napkin Project Exhibition


The Napkin Project Exhibition

A Bristol arts project asking volunteers to use their craft skills to inspire those living with dementia has sparked a creative buzz across the UK. The results will be on show at a special event at Bristol’s Wellspring Centre on Thursday 12th September

The Napkin Project asked people to use their embroidery skills to decorate a blank napkin, creating something beautiful to inspire people living with dementia. People from all over the UK took part, requesting more than 250 napkins in just three months. The opportunity was available to all, regardless of experience. Participants have tweeted and blogged, work colleagues have spent lunch times stitching and generations of families have shared their sewing skills. The project has got people thinking about much-loved family members with dementia.

One volunteer embroiderer said: “We have lost one family member to dementia and have another who is also suffering so we know how little things can help. I haven’t embroidered for many years and my daughters have yet to learn so it will be a lovely process for all of us.”

The Napkin Project was created as a way to communicate how important creativity can be for people living with dementia and for those who care for them. Artist Deirdre Nelson was creating artworks for Brunelcare’s new Saffron Gardens dementia care home just opened in Whitehall, Bristol, when she noticed that residents were often fascinated by the textured edges of items. They would handle and explore objects such as the napkins they used at mealtimes. A member of staff told her that one resident would join napkins together to carry her belongings around the home with her and that another used hers as a vase to hold flowers. A napkin became more than just a napkin. This is where the Napkin Project began.

To celebrate the achievements of those who have been involved an exhibition is planned for Thursday 12th September at Wellspring Bristol between 6pm – 8pm. Those who visit will be able to see a selection of the beautifully embroidered napkins, meet the arts team and take part in a free drop-in workshop if they missed the original opportunity.

The Napkin Project is a collaborative project. It is being run and managed by Willis Newson, specialist arts and health consultants based in Bristol. The artist Deirdre Nelson, whose idea it was, is providing support and inspiration. Brunelcare and the staff and residents of Saffron Gardens will receive the finished napkins. The project has been generously funded by Arts Council England and Bristol City Council.

The finished napkins will be presented to the residents of the Saffron Gardens care home at an event later this year.

If you would like to attend the exhibition, or to find out more please click here