5 creative activities to boost your mental health

10/6/2021 3:09:36 PM
5 creative activities to boost your mental health
Fantasic For Families
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It’s World Mental Health Awareness Day this Sunday (October 10th). If you’re looking for a way to enhance your family's wellbeing, why not consider the significant impact arts, culture and creativity can have on wellbeing – for everyone in the family, no matter their age!

Creativity can help focus the mind, take us away from stresses, improve confidence, bring us together and give us an opportunity to express ourselves. It’s also a great way to lift your mood and have fun as a family.

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Here are our top 5 picks of arts activities you can do together to boost your wellbeing:

1) Make art together: The Make Space

Bring your family to make arts and crafts at the Make Space inspired by a different artwork, exhibition or theme each month. These Sunday sessions provide you with valuable time to have fun together getting creative. Coming up in November you can make Mandalas to celebrate Diwali.

Where?: Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

When?: First Sunday of the month

What ages is this recommended for?: 5-12 years

How much?: £0.00 - £3.00 as an add-on to admission


2) Make art while your baby plays: Make and Play Baby Social


Play with your baby in the beautiful surroundings of the Shipley Art Gallery, and enjoy the exhibitions together. Make creative keepsakes - you'll create a range of items to take home, which will celebrate your baby and provide visual stimulation for them. Meet other parents, carers and babies. Enjoy some creative self care time, while your baby plays.

Where?: Shipley Art Gallery 

When?: 7 October, 14 October, 21 October, 28 October 

What ages is this recommended for?: 0-6 months

How much?: £5.00 per session, for one adult + baby pair. Please get in touch with Shipley Art Gallery if you'd like info about discounts for twins/multiples.


3) Watch a sensory film: Something Love 


Created for and with Autistic young people, Something Love is a series of sensory films and still images that digs into the richness of autistic relationships with objects. Objects can be a channel to the rest of the world, and connect us to our bodies. Objects can look after us, and connect us to people and places. But mostly, they are themselves: objects have personalities all of their own.

Where?: Online

When?: Available now

What ages is this recommended for?: 0-16 years

How much?: Free!


4) Take part in the world’s largest drawing festival: BIG DRAW

Join illustration students from the University of Brighton for two days filled with drawing inspired by the Big Draw theme for this year; Make the Change. The students will devise drawing activities around the environment and how we can all make a positive impact on helping to look after mother nature and our beautiful planet. Everyone can have a go at drawing (no experience necessary). All materials will be supplied.

Where?: Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

When?: 24 & 30 October 2021, 11am - 4pm

What ages is this recommended for?: 3-16 years

How much?: Free (museum entry fees apply, numbers will be limited)


5) Play stories together: Small Worlds at The Story Museum

Small Worlds is a story-play gallery for pre-school and younger primary school aged children. Enjoy story-themed play inspired by picture books, relax on a giant bed, explore Traction Man's underwater sink world, go on a Bear Hunt or climb aboard the story bus.

Where?: The Story Museum

When?: Tuesdays and Saturdays up until Christmas

What ages is this recommended for?: 0-5 years

How much?: £5.00, please book in advance.

 If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s mental health, please visit Mind’s website. Mind is a UK charity who provide support and advice to anyone with mental health problems.

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