Well-City Salisbury

Well-City Salisbury is about connection – to the arts, to heritage, to our local area, to the landscape and to each other. This partnership project supports people with low to medium mental health needs in the Salisbury area on their wellbeing journey through creative courses and opportunities.

Taking part in a Well-City Salisbury course will enable moments of learning, discovery, curiosity and creativity, all of which are known to have beneficial effects on mental health. You don’t have to have any previous experience or even think of yourself as particularly arty or creative to participate!

How it works…

The free 8-week long creative courses, such as photography, textiles and pottery, are delivered by the four project partners – ArtCare at Salisbury District Hospital, The Salisbury MuseumWessex Archaeology and Wiltshire Creative – and facilitated by staff and local artists experienced in supporting people with mental health needs to take part. Courses are available for both adults (over 20s) and young people (14-19). For a list of current courses see below.

Well-City Salisbury primarily uses a model where participants are referred onto a course by their GP practice, support organisation, community group or school wellbeing team. However, we also welcome self-referrals if that route doesn’t work for people and where they currently are on their wellbeing journey.

If you would like to take part in a course, please download and complete the enrolment form (.docx) and have your referrer get in touch for a referral form then return both to wellcity.salisbury@wessexarch.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can self-refer by completing and returning our self-referral enrolment form (.docx). Our Participation Criteria (pdf) will be helpful in determining if Well-City Salisbury’s courses will be a good fit for you. You can take part in a maximum of 2 creative courses per year and we encourage you to stay involved by exploring other project pathways, such as our volunteering programmes.

If you would like to find out more information about the project and creative courses offered, please email our Project Coordinator, Emma, using the above email or get in touch on 07707 296883 (Monday-Wednesday) for a chat.

Well-City Salisbury is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.


Bookings currently being taken for the following courses:


Creative Writing for Wellbeing with Salisbury Museum

Every Wednesday, 4 May – 22 Jun, 10:30am-1pm
Location: Salisbury Museum

This course will use Salisbury Museum’s outstanding historical collections as the inspiration to explore a range of themes from hobbies to fashion, from home to nature. Throughout the course you will discover different ways to write and build up your confidence. You will also have the opportunity to explore and handle museum artefacts. The course facilitator, Frances Owen, is an experienced creative writer and workshop leader, who will offer gentle guidance throughout the 8-week course.

Suitable for all skill levels, from those just beginning to explore creative writing to experienced writers alike.



Earth Works with Wessex Archaeology

Every Thursday, 26 May – 14 Jul, 6-8:30pm
Location: Various (Old Sarum and other walk locations)

Join Wessex Archaeology experts and artist James Aldridge for a series of walks and creative sessions where you will explore the origins of the city through archaeology and art.

We will take the time to consider the people who were here before us, the stories the land has to tell us and enjoy moments where we come together, using creativity to represent the past, the present and our hopes for the future.

This course includes walking outside over moderately uneven terrain. Walks will be approx. 2 hours long and of a gentle pace with plenty of opportunities to stop and rest.



Inside Out with ArtCare

Every Tuesday, 7 Jun – 26 Jul, 10:30am-1pm
Location: Online via Zoom

Working with artist Grace Dalgliesh, this series of creative sessions will include drawing and trying out different art materials and techniques. Participants will be encouraged to take walks or describe views from windows, record colours of a cloudscape and weather diaries, create abstract patterns from sounds and music and explore ArtCare’s online exhibitions or artwork in their collection to use as inspiration.

No previous experience is necessary and a resource and materials pack will be delivered to each participant so you can join us using sketchbooks and mixed media.



We also deliver creative courses for young people working with education providers and youth organisations. For more details please get in touch with our Project Coordinator.

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