BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group; a voluntary organisation that uses the arts to promote positive images of mental health; social inclusion; and service user and carer involvement. We exist to acknowledge, support, and showcase the creative talent that exists within the mental health community in Leicester and Leicestershire. We use the arts as a vehicle to involve people, and regularly hold arts workshops and undertake art based projects, events and exhibitions. Activities are not solely limited to art however, and we also engage in other activities, for example nature walks in the local landscape and visits to local parks and historic sites.
Two BrightSparks groups are involved in the Cultural Quarter project:
ArtSpace is a drop-in group for artists experiencing mental health and social exclusion issues. We employ various professional artists as tutors for a series of several weeks or months, and we participate a range of arts activities. The group meets every Wednesday at the Attenborough Arts Centre.
Bradgate Writers is a group open to people with experience of mental health issues – targeting inpatients and outpatients with issues of a severe and enduring nature. We use literature, reading, writing and creativity to boost wellbeing and support recovery. The group takes place at the Bradgate Unit, Glenfield Hospital, every Tuesday.
ArtSpace and Bradgate Writers are delivered in partnership by BrightSparks and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
expresseum poetics; a not-for-profit arts organisation. We aim to contribute to the health and wellbeing of local communities by empowering people to engage with their cultural and natural heritage in meaningful and profound ways.