Our philosophy embodies the notion that art has the power to make you feel good - which is why we are passionate about providing art for everyone.

Couple Mary and David began coming to Art in Mind sessions at The Lightbox in 2016 as a means to enjoy some quiet time creating artwork together.

“Art, singing, dancing – it’s good for you,” beams Mary. “People need art – more and more now, especially in this day and age when everything is machine-orientated. You need to get away from that and have a conversation and do something real – something physical. Drawing is really good, and David feels the same too.”

“Believe it or not, people suffer with dementia – but we have a laugh. We’ll keep coming to Art in Mind for as long as we can.”

At Coxhill Manor, it’s Activity Co-Ordinator Sarah’s job to ensure an engaging and stimulating programme is available for all residents to enjoy. Cue Art without Walls.

“The Lightbox bringing art to Coxhill Manor is perfect for us,” Sarah smiles. “It means more people can get involved if they want to, and we don’t have to worry about staffing.”

“It’s not even necessarily about painting or producing anything. It could be art appreciation, or discussing the history of the artist. For some, just being in the environment, there’s a definite buzz. Talking about art, or just listening – it’s comforting.”

“We aren’t aiming to produce world-class artworks,” Sarah admits. “We aren’t even aiming to remember them. It’s about the feeling. That positive reinforcement, the encouragement – that’s what they remember, especially those whose self-esteem has reached rock-bottom.”

“The core of the session is art, but the ripple effect is much bigger.”

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