Aspiring Artists

Project Category: Registered charityProject Tags: Music & Arts, Disability, Arts & Music and Health & Wellbeing

  • Our Story

    We are aiming to run a project for people with enduring mental health issues that will not only offer regular weekly contact with high quality services, but will develop their creative confidence and introduce them to running workshops at community events.

    Aspiring Artists is an exciting project that will support and encourage our participants to become independent and motivated within their community. Aspiring Artists will focus on moving our creative support for participants from being closely supported towards a programme that creates independent practitioners and people confident in co-running workshops in public events. To summarise the basis of the project will be a weekly arts workshop where participants will be encouraged to explore different mediums, to work with visiting artists and to develop some of the skills and confidences that will enable them to assist in running community workshops.

    Services for people with mental health issues have suffered enormously over the last 10 years, in Exeter the local Mind along with their community services closed and NHS services are being reduced year on year. We need to support participants to develop their own network that could lead to wider community opportunity and socialisation. We know through work we have been doing with people with mental health issues that creativity and how we gently nurture and support people makes people have better wellbeing and be more connected within their community.

    Adrian (one of our participants) has said.
    “I think the best thing that Magic Carpet offers is a safe environment where there’s no pressure or expectation. You can come and do as much or as little as you like, and that’s important. Not having that outlet or regular activity can be really isolating, which is dangerous when you’re already suffering from any mental health issues.
    There used to be so many of these support groups, but there aren’t many left now. I can’t stress how important they are, and without them I may still have been very unwell and struggling to cope. If you were thinking about joining Magic Carpet I would definitely recommend taking that first step. There’s absolutely no pressure and you’ll meet people who are on a similar journey to you. It’s a safe place to be, where there’s no stress and you could discover a new passion that you can explore further. Everyone is so nice and welcoming – you won’t regret it and you’d be surprised just how important it is and how much it can help you in your personal life.”

    The outcome for this project would be to have a number of people who have the confidence to co-run arts workshops at public events and are able to think about developing an arts practice.

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