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:


Willow & Craft with ArtCare

Every Wednesday, 21 Sept – 9 Nov, 1.00-3:30pm
Location: ArtCare Meadows Garden, Salisbury District Hospital

Join ArtCare and artist Jacqueline Rolls for a series of creative sessions where you will explore materials, tools and techniques working with natural resources, recycled elements, fibres, willow and more. This free 8-week course is designed to encourage enjoyment and exploration of the natural world. Our activities will take place outdoors, taking the opportunity to enjoy our garden space and occasional walk in the surrounding autumnal landscape. You’ll have time to experiment and become confident with materials to sketch, make twine, woven and 3D shapes. See more about Jacqueline’s work https://linktr.ee/willowandcrafts

Suitable for all skills levels and all materials provided. Bookings close 12 Sept.



History Shared Within Clay with Salisbury Museum

Tuesdays, 11 & 18 Oct and 1 Nov – 6 Dec, 1:30-4.00pm
Location: Salisbury Museum

Working with artist Terry Kemp, you’ll learn simple but effective pottery techniques and skills on this free 8-week course. Using self-hardening clay, paint and clay modelling tools you’ll create beautiful objects – from pots to sculptures. There will be opportunities for exploring the museum’s collections and getting up close and personal with some amazing objects to inspire your work. We’ll also be learning more about Salisbury’s history and growing our confidence through creativity. This course is also a chance to meet new people and is suitable for all skill levels. Whether you think of yourself as a seasoned art pro or haven’t done anything remotely ‘arty’ since your school days, all are welcome!

All materials provided. Bookings close 30 Sept.



Download the course calendar Sept-Dec 2022 (pdf).

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

Follow us on Twitter @WellCitySals to keep in touch and hear about what we’re up to!

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