Artshine is an art group facilitated by a professional artist who has experience working with people with low to moderate mental health issues.

Artshine is not art therapy, but focuses on using arts and creativity to improve mental health and wellbeing.

It is a group setting where people will have the opportunity to connect with others who experience depression, anxiety and other common mental health difficulties.

Artshine has been running for 10 years and has been proven to improve wellbeing in 80% of participants.

The referral process/Getting Referred

People can self-refer to Artshine by calling Bristol Wellbeing Therapies on Tel: 0117 982 3209

Bristol Wellbeing Therapies will then book them an appointment for a 45 minute telephone conversation to discuss their needs. (They may also be offered other 1 to 1 support alongside Artshine where needed such as CBT)

Download the Artshine Leaflet

Where are sessions held?

Artshine Groups are informal and fun creative art sessions, which take place in the beautiful Art room at Wellspring Health Living Centre.

Sessions are on:

Tuesday evenings, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday mornings, 10 a.m. to 12 noon:  Referrals are for 12weeks running, term time only

Once you have completed an Artshine course we have the following move-on groups for you to attend:

Shine On Move On, Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Thursdays 10am-12.30pm and 1-3.30pm

Shine@Mshed, The Mshed, Monday 10.30am – 12.30pm fortnightly

What can I expect?

No previous arts experience is necessary.  

Sessions are FREE and all art materials are supplied. You are, of course, welcome to bring your own equipment and materials if you prefer.

Artshine groups are informal and fun creative art sessions. An experienced artist gently introduces a range of ideas and techniques to help participants explore their own creativity and learn new skills at their own pace.

Artshine groups offer a relaxed supportive atmosphere where everyone feels accepted for who they are. They provide a safe space in your week to enjoy ‘me time’ with no pressures. The lead artist will guide you through each activity and help you find the confidence to develop your own creative process. And you’re always welcome to just sit, enjoy the company and a cup of tea!