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MP to open new mobile art studio

November 23, 2010 11:25 AM

Julian HuppertAn ambitious project to take art to the people will be officially launched on November 26 by a leading charity.

Arts & Minds, which encourages people with mental health and social care problems to get involved with the creative arts, has set up a mobile studio.

The studio, which will bring art to rural areas in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, will be officially opened in Cambridge by the city's MP Julian Huppert between 12 noon and 1.30pm

The mobile studio can be driven and set-up as a self contained arts studio for groups of up to 10 people. It aims to deliver a hands-on experience of the creative arts to those in receipt of mental health care and social care and those who work to deliver that care as professionals or relatives.

Arts & Minds Executive Director Gavin Clayton said: 'This is a wonderful way of taking the art to the people and reaching out to rurally based individuals with mental health issues who would not otherwise receive the specialised cultural opportunities we offer.'

Chairman Richard Taylor added: "We are very grateful to the county council for their support in securing this wonderful new venue for the work of the charity.'

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert said: "I welcome this new initiative. This studio will bring opportunities for people of all ages.

"This is an excellent idea which will not only bring new opportunities and help to combat isolation but will also tackle the stigma of mental illness."

Although launching in Cambridge, the studio is designed to take the work out to the more rurally isolated areas of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The following programmes of work will be delivered via the mobile studio:

• Arts on Prescription - for people who are experiencing depression and anxiety.

• Visual Arts - for those (including Early Onset) suffering from Dementia.

• Older Peoples Workshops - including care givers (professional and family) at Care Homes.

• Artist and Carer Training - to increase quality of care and artists skilled to work in these specialist contexts.

• Travelling Exhibitions - Advocacy and anti-stigma work strand to show the quality of work produced by those who experience mental ill health or those artists who are inspired by it as subject matter.