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



A large proportion of Arc’s work is with vulnerable adults and young people but we know that seeing and taking part in art and creative activities can improve and maintain anyone’s mental health and wellbeing.!

So we are inviting everyone to join Arc in celebrating World Mental Health Day this year by sharing the art that makes you happy, something that helps you get through a bad day.

It may be a painting or a photograph, a poem, sculpture, textile, or even a piece of music. Maybe you find it uplifting or you connect with it somehow?

Take a picture of the artwork (with you in the picture if you like!) and tell us why you love it? Did you make it yourself? Did you first see it at a significant time? Does it speak to your experience or does it just simply make you smile?

Share it on twitter using the hashtag #ArcWMHD (or on our Facebook or Pinterest pages if you’re not on twitter) and we’ll create a virtual Gallery in time for World Mental Health Day on October 10th.” The campaign launches on Wednesday 10th September. To take part in the campaign, tweet it using the hashtag #ArcWMHD or go to our Pinterest page or our Facebook group

You can follow Arc on Twitter @ArtsForRecovery or find the Arc Community Gallery on Facebook. or visit our virtual gallery on Pinterest,


Two beautiful new ArcMedia designs were launched at the exhibition "The Art of Design" this summer. High quality prints and cards featuring these designs are now on sale in the Gallery.

Contemporary Stockport

Butterfly Tree

A Big Thankyou To Our Donors!

Arc was delighted to receive a generous donation of £1,500 from Stockport Rotary Lamplighters recently. They had been interested in Arc's work for some time and were happy to be able to contribute to our work through their amazing year-round fundraising. Artistic Director Jacqui Wood pictured in receipt of the wonderful cheque. Big Thanks!

Jacqui Wood proudly accepts a super checque

Arc Wins Award!

You can still view the film that accompanied our win in the 'Life-Changing' category at the 'Proud of Stockport' awards last year. It really sums up the heart of our work.

Proud of Stockport

See the video on the Stockport Council website.