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Saturday 9th September 2017

Art for Wellbeing - Free Taster Sessions : 10am onwards

The sessions will take place in the UA Fanthorpe Room (back room) of the Chipping Hall.

Free taster sessions for the Art for Wellbeing Collaborative Project.
• 10.00am – Dance and Movement for Wellbeing
• 11.00am – Creative Writing for Wellbeing
• 12.00pm – Art for Wellbeing
• 1.00pm – Therapeutic Songwriting
At these sessions there will be the opportunity to meet the practitioners and sign up for future classes.


Following recent success at the Spring into Summer event at UTEA, a group of arts practitioners are offering an exciting range of arts-based classes this coming Autumn. Art therapy has long been seen as beneficial for a whole range of healing and a general sense of wellbeing. The Arts can be used to engage people through the joy of making together that encourages communication, language and life skills. Arts for Wellbeing in Wotton brings together an eclectic mix of art, writing, dance, movement and songwriting through four experienced facilitators who will guide their participants through a fascinating journey of creative self-discovery.

Judith Collins is the co-founder of the group of four therapeutic practitioners developing a culture of Creative Arts for Wellbeing for a healthy community at

Judith Collins (BA(Hons), PGCE, MA Educational Practice):

Creating Art in a welcoming setting can have a beneficial impact on your life, maybe at a time of stress such as bereavement, loneliness, long term illness, or major life changes. Judith has many years teaching experience and qualified in 2015 in Art as Therapy from Judith will be offering Art for Wellbeing through her Art House classes. Art projects are designed to lift your spirits and enhance your personal wellbeing. No previous experience is needed, just a willingness to have a go. Judith will also run an after school art class for children. Judith currently provides specialist educational support for Children in Care in South Gloucestershire using Art as Therapy.

Judith can be contacted by:, 07756913485.


Maggie How (BA (Hons), PGCE, MA Creative Writing):

Maggie is a trained teacher and taught for many years in further education. She is currently studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.

Writing can help both mental and physical wellbeing. It can clarify thoughts and feelings, improve mood and positivity, bring more focus to the mind, change your perspective on things, and through all these help you manage stress.

Maggie’s writing sessions are all about giving yourself permission to write – for fun! There will be no judgment of your writing, but if you feel like sharing anything in the group that would be great. Maggie has a whole range of writing prompts and exercises to get your creative juices flowing. She will also guide you on how to reflect on your writing and any next steps in your writing life, should you chose to follow that road.

Maggie can becontacted by:


Emma Dickson(RDMP, BA (Hons), Dip, AHCP (Reg)) :

Emma, a local Dance Artist, Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Body Mapping Practitioner, will be offering a new series of workshops focusing on ‘Dance and Movement for Wellbeing’ throughout 2017. Emma will offer two styles of workshops. Some will explore the process of ‘Creative Movement Making’ where participant will work together to create a short sequence that will relate to a group theme or topic. Alternatively there will be workshops that focus on ‘Movement for Self-Discovery’, where participants will work with relaxation, movement and art materials.

Emma’s work focuses on inclusive and accessible dance/movement, seeing all abilities, genders and ages welcome. No previous experience of Dance, Movement, relaxation or art making is required; just an openness to let the movement take you on a personal journey.

Emma can be contacted by email on: or phone 07808208389.


Matthew Hemson (BSc, BTh):

Matthew is a consultant within the education and mental health sectors. He has extensive experience in working with organisations to co-create unique, enabling environments that foster academic and pro-social progress for both adults, children and families. Matthew is also a Play Therapist specialising in Music & Jungian Sandtray. He delivers training in Therapeutic Intervention Skills throughout the UK. He is an associate lecturer at UWE for the Mental Health Nursing degree.

The sessions Matthew will deliver are all about Therapeutic Songwriting, which will enable participants to create their very own music and lyrics to help process thoughts, emotions and life situations to improve wellbeing.

Matthew can be contacted by:


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