Arty-Folks was founded in Coventry in 1995, in collaboration with a community artist, by a user of mental health services who felt disempowered by his diagnosis, ‘managed’ by the medical profession and written off by society.
It is based on the principal that art requires the courage to let go of certainties and not being afraid to fail. We often think about creativity as making something new and original, but in fact the Latin root of the word means ‘to grow’.
Their programme of activities combines learning specific visual arts techniques with self-development themes that helps people break out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. We believe that within everyone lives a spirit of inquiry that can lead to extraordinary insights and breakthroughs and will build people’s resilience to cope with change and withstand setbacks.
Commissioned by Warwickshire County Council they started offering Creative Arts on Referral in 2021. They offer an extensive programme of art and mental health workshops and courses for residents in Coventry & Warwickshire with mild to moderate mental health needs. The people who go to Arty Folks are seeking our support to grow through challenging times in their lives and to map their own way forward.