Last year we were lucky enough to be given some funding to run a series of workshops for young people who have experience of mental health issues. After months of planning these are due to start on April 15th at Sticks Gallery in Fareham Shopping Centre and will run for the following 6 weeks.
These workshops are not a form of therapy and non of the artists involved are counsellors. However, everyone teaching the workshops has experience of mental health issues whether directly or indirectly, and all have workshop experience. There will always be someone on site with a current DBS.
These workshops are for 13-17 year olds and anybody who would like to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their place before hand. The workshops are completely free and young people will get the chance to do songwriting, action painting, drawing, performance poetry, physical theatre and art journalling.
The gallery will be closing early on the days the workshops run and will not be open to the public during the sessions so that the participants do not feel like they are being watched. The young people will get to take home everything they produce. Photographs will be taken of the sessions but will only be used if agreement of parents for under 16s is given.