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Creative Wellbeing Practitioner Support Programme

24 Oct
21 Nov 2021
Creative Wellbeing Practitioner Support Programme

***Delayed until March 2022. Please contact if you have any questions***


Dates: 1pm - 6pm. Sunday 24th October, Sunday 31st October, Sunday 7th November, Sunday 14th November, Sunday 21st November.

Cost:    £250 total. £50 deposit required upon booking and remaining balance will be invoiced directly to participant. Bursary places available, amounts will be confirmed directly with applicants.  

Age:     18+ 

Made up of five afternoon workshops, this programme will offer a safe, supportive space for  artists to reflect on their practice, to discuss, learn, create and be inspired together. Building on our skills and experience in supporting others, we will focus on how we support ourselves and nurture our wellbeing.  

We will consider the process of creativity and address the foundations of delivering participation sessions with the minimum of stress. We will discuss mental health, neurodiversity, accessibly and LGBTQ+, as well as other topics you will bring to the sessions. Artists will have the opportunity to learn more about dementia and become a ‘Dementia Friend’, part of a national awareness project. 

As practitioners, we rarely make time to nourish our own creativity, so each day of the course concludes with a creative session. This will offer an opportunity to relax and enjoy a workshop delivered by an experienced artist, then reflect on the experience  

By the end of the course, artists will have a personal plan for continued practice in which we hope they will feel more supported, less stressed, less isolated and have an improved sense of wellbeing.   

After the course, there will be an option to attend 6 further monthly follow-on peer-support sessions for continued reflection and discussion. Each session will be £5. Dates to be announced at the first session of the course.   

This pilot programme is part of the Derby QUAD ‘Uplift’ Programme and supported by Garfield Weston Foundation. 


There will be drinks on arrival and ‘afternoon tea’ in the break, including cakes and healthy treats. 


QUAD is fully wheelchair-accessible, and the course aims to be as accessible as possible. If you have any additional needs which you’d like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you.  

Programme leader - Jane Hardstaff 

With a long and varied career in creative wellbeing and participatory practice in museums and galleries, Jane is also a qualified psychotherapist, coach and adult tutor.  She is founder/co-director of Common Threads creative arts and health organisation and artist in residence at the Beeches Perinatal Unit, Derby Royal Hospital. She is currently researching for a PhD in museums and mental health through an AHRC-funded partnership with the University of Leicester and the Holburne Museum, Bath.   

Guest practitioners 

These include practitioners with exemplary practice who will present creative sessions and share their practice. 

To apply for a bursary place, please email with a paragraph explaining why you deserve a bursary place.  

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