Arc. Arts for Recovery in the Community

“ The whole concept of Arts and Health is about nurturing an holistic attitude to healing and in improving the mental health of the community.”

Dr. Stephen Watkins




Arc is delighted that the Give2Gain Timebank and Stockport Total Advocacy are hosting an exclusive exhibition of Arc artists in October.

The exhibition will include a range of handmade items including cards, toys and jewellery, paper sculptures and wall mounted artwork such as photography, drawings and paintings.

You will be able to meet the artists whilst enjoying a glass of wine, music and light refreshments in a social atmosphere. Part networking charity fundraiser, part promotion for local artists, all artwork and gifts viewed during the evening will be available for purchase.

Tickets for this evening will be limited but we hope you will be able to join us. Please click here for more info and to buy tickets.


Stockport Station installation

A partnership between SMBC, Virgin Rail and Arc was officially opened last week - with artwork designed as part of our ‘Pathways to Recovery’ programme on public view at Stockport Railway Station.

The work on display is wall decals representing key icons and themes around Stockport town centre, along with testimonies from participants which promote the value of creativity to mental health and wellbeing. It is hoped that this will begin a dialogue with station staff and the wider public around mental health issues and the impact of mental ill-health.

Councillor Martin Candler, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Sustainability, said: “This initiative illustrates what can be achieved through positive partnership working. It not only enhances the appearance of the station but also shows the impact that art can have on the wellbeing of individuals.”

Lesley Ross, Virgin Trains Station Manager in Stockport, said: "We are proud to host this new artwork which will be seen by the millions of customers who pass through the station each year. It has already generated some really positive comments and we are delighted to support such a fantastic community project."


We are delighted to be able to announce that Arc is one of 20 social enterprises and trading charities across the North West to receive a Social Enterprise Development Award (SEDA). The awards are given to social enterprises and trading charities looking to grow their business and improve their local community.

Simon Carrier, Santander Regional Director said: “Congratulations to this year’s SEDA winners from the North West. There are some truly outstanding enterprises and charities from across the region. We hope that the funding and support programme will help them reach their potential and increase their social impact.”

We will use the award to help develop new opportunities for vulnerable adults to establish their own small businesses as well as take on roles in Arc's expanded model in 2015.


Arc has been awarded a Grant for the Arts by Arts Council England to work with international writer Sarah Butler and textile artist Julie Mosley, on a residency entitled ‘Unpicked:Restitched’ during the summer of 2015.

Exploring the hidden stories, characters and heritage of Stockport’s marketplace and rich textile past, and asking the question ‘Where is the Heart of Stockport?’, they will lead a programme of public workshops and create a series of large scale textile banners to be exhibited. More details to follow.