Exhibiting this summer


Innovative Art for Wellbeing partnership project will exhibit at Gloucester Cathedral this summer

Art for Wellbeing project Creative Communities: New Perspectives is one of just two projects to gain funding from Take Note: Connect, Gloucester. The project’s cross sector partnership is delivering a programme of Art for Wellbeing activities benefitting individuals who have been impacted by Covid 19 including: Carers, NHS Patients and Volunteers, adults and young people seeking asylum, adults and young people facing disabling barriers and adults in recovery from mental ill health.

Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire Carers Hub, Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), Inclusion Gloucestershire, Look Again and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working together to provide online Mindful Photography courses and inclusive drama workshops to over 40 adults and young people in Gloucester.

The project focuses on using creative activities to enable participants to slow down, reduce stress and relieve anxiety and depression. Participants have been learning with expert tutors to see their lives from a new perspective whilst building confidence and self-esteem, learning new skills and building connections with new people.

Participant’s photography and film of drama work will be displayed at culmination exhibitions at Gloucester Cathedral launching on Saturday 31 July 2021 before moving to Gloucester Royal Hospital later in the year. The launch event at the Cathedral will be open to the public and will include guest exhibits from community initiatives plus a range of hands-on taster arts activities for anyone to try.

Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager, Gloucester Cathedral said:

We are proud to be working alongside incredible organisations to deliver this project.  The funding Take Note has awarded us will make such a difference to those who have been negatively impacted during the Covid 19 pandemic, especially those who have experienced increased isolation, mental or physical ill health.

We hope the culmination exhibitions will also inspire and empower the wider community to get involved in art and arts activity to promote their own wellbeing.” 

Deborah Lee, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are delighted to be part of this project connecting communities throughout Gloucestershire, particularly given the challenges that COVID has brought. Promoting positive health and wellbeing has been so important and this initiative has been an opportunity for our staff to pause and reflect at a time when the significant pressures of the pandemic have started to reduce. We are looking forward to welcoming the exhibition to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the autumn, following the initial viewing at Gloucester Cathedral this summer.”

Creative Communities: New Perspectives is one of two projects delivered with funding awarded by Take Note and its Gloucester-based partner charity GUST - Take Note: Connect Gloucester is supported by national funder Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The project is running now until end of July 2021. Course participants were referred to the project by partner organisations: Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucestershire Carers Hub, Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), Inclusion Gloucestershire, Look Again and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Creative Communities: New Perspectives Art for Wellbeing exhibition will be displayed at Gloucester Cathedral cloister during standard visiting hours (please check Cathedral website for restrictions) from Saturday 31 July -Tuesday 31 August.

Press/Media Call

Press/Media are invited to attend the Exhibition Private View on Friday 30 July and Public Launch day on Saturday 31 July, please contact Helen Jeffrey on 01452 229838 or Helen.Jeffrey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk for access and timings.



Notes for Editors

Gloucester Cathedral

For more information about the events and activities we offer, including exhibitions, visit our website  www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk For more information about our wider Community Engagement and Social Responsibility work including this project, exhibition and art for wellbeing activities please contact:

Helen Jeffrey, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Manager
01452 229838

Take Note

Take Note is a catalyst for collaboration, working with arts and non-arts partners to achieve greater collective impact. Take Note supports organisations with social missions to deliver extraordinary artistic work together and provides them with funding for arts partnership projects through the Take Note: Connect programme. Through partnerships and evidence-building, it catalyses and shares new ideas and ways of working together, now and in the future.

Emily Carr, Co-Director, Take Note

07752 051290

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust has over 8,500 staff, committed to providing for physical and mental health services. Staff teams can identify and refer patients to projects like this. In addition, the project will utilise the Gloucestershire Hospitals Voluntary & Community Sector Involvement Network that brings the hospital closer to people with lived experiences of services and ensures that the Trust communicate effectively and in an accessible way, both listening and sharing information.

For more information from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust please contact:
Communications Team on 0300 422 3120 or email ghn-tr.comms@nhs.net



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