Creative Arts

We're passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference it can make to the experiences of our service users and staff.

Our creative arts activities take place on the wards, bringing creativity in many forms to inpatients, and can include any artform such as visual art, photography, music, dance, drama, creative writing, reading for wellbeing, poetry.

Our programme and projects considers the wellbeing of the participants involved. Each participant’s contribution is highly valued and encouraged in a manner that is fair, equitable and inclusive.

Are currently running in Shrewsbury on Thursdays from 2 - 4pm at The English Bridge Workshop for community-based service users and on Mondays at Redwoods for inpatients.  The groups are run by professional artist Jean Mills and a range of techniques are explored using different materials and equipment. 

At St. George’s Hospital in Stafford we have an art group on a Thursday lunchtime for adult acute inpatients, which is run by Debbie Todd.  

We also have Simon Watson who runs an art group and a music group for inpatients on Norbury Ward at St Georges.

Some projects lead to exhibitions of artwork within Trust buildings or in partnership spaces and galleries.

For more information please contact Jessica Kent on 01743 210048 / Jessica.kent@mpft.nhs.uk

Feedback:  Fab afternoon, really lifted my spirits, M.   Lovely day, made me laugh, lovely people, L.   Brilliant class, thank you.  This group keeps me sane, love it!    Thank you ever so much for having me as part of this group, it really helps, A. 

           

 

Part of our work involves curating exhibitions at a range of locations around the Trust. More often than not this is artwork created by service users as part of a project and this naturally tends to be exhibited on the wards where service users can get the most enjoyment from it.

Our regular art competition is the other main source of the artwork for exhibitions. We have built up a body of work from the competitions, some of which is currently on show in the foyer at St Chad's and at various locations across the Trust.

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Arts for Health Contact Details

Jessica Kent - Arts for Health Lead

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS

Jessica.kent@mpft.nhs.uk 
01743 210048 / 07814 752783
 

Helen Wilson - Project Worker

St. George's Hospital, Corporation Street, Stafford ST16 3AG

Helen.wilson@mpft.nhs.uk 
01785 221328

Owen Hurcombe - Digital & Communications Project Worker

St, George's Hospital, Corporation Street,
Stafford ST16 3AG

Owen.hurcombe@mpft.nhs.uk
07976560700

Diana Buckle - Administrator

Redwoods Centre, Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury SY3 8DS

Diana.buckle@mpft.nhs.uk
01743
210038