ArtCare organises regular creative workshops for staff at the hospital allowing them to ‘wind down’ after work. The Staff Arts Club workshops aim to relieve stress and combat isolation for those working alone. The sessions provide a ‘taster’ of many different visual and performing arts, which staff may then decide to pursue in their own time. Previous activities have included pastels, stained glass, watercolour painting, life drawing, ceramics, photography, singing, belly dancing and many more. The programme consists of one-off ‘Discover’ workshops and ‘Explore’ courses held over several weeks.

Current workshops

Discover loom weaving

Date: Tuesday 28th January 2020

Time: 5.15-8.15pm

Discover loom weaving

Cost: £7.50

Elka Textiles will guide you through the basic principles of weaving to create a small woven piece using a frame loom. More info

Discover digital drawing

Date: Tuesday 25th February 2020

Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Discover digital drawing

Cost: £5.00

Drawing made easy! ArtCare’s Lesley Self will show you how to create drawings using and ipad or tablet. More info

Discover watercolour and modern calligraphy

Date: Tuesday 24th March 2020

Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Discover watercolour and modern calligraphy

Cost: £7.50

Caroline Misselbrook returns with her popular watercolour workshop, this time combined with modern calligraphy. Create a wreath design with a personalised message. More info

Booking Information

Spaces are limited so early booking is advised. We operate a reserve list once workshops are fully booked. If you are unable to attend a pre-booked workshop, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer your place to somebody else.

Fees must be received at the time of booking in order to secure your place. Please note refunds will only be given if ArtCare cancels the workshop or, for courses only, your place can be filled by someone on the reserve list.

To book your place by credit/debit card please phone Hazel Stock on 01722 336262 ext. 5617. Alternatively, fill out the booking form in the Staff Arts Club brochure and bring with your cash payment to the ArtCare Office. Please email to check workshop availability before booking. Fill in our database form to join the ArtCare mailing list and receive a priority copy of the Staff Arts Club brochure.

Wellbeing activities

More ways to unwind or get creative including ‘how to’ guides, walks and creative lunches are featured on our Wellbeing page

Stone carving workshop

Brilliant workshop, clear instructions. Had a lot of fun and very pleased with the result. A great way to de-stress after work.

Stone carving workshop

Many thanks for giving me this opportunity not only was it a good workshop, it was also nice to meet other staff members from the Trust

Silver clay jewellery workshop

Thank you for providing the recent silver clay workshop. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, and adore the pendant which I made.

Ceramics course

I think your courses are a great asset to the staff here, so thanks for arranging them

Glass course

Great value for money, the time and venue made it possible for my colleague and I to attend from Fountain Way. I think having the class in the artist's studio was inspirational.