“ 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 RECEIVES AWARD FROM SANTANDER
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.
NEW ARTWORK SOON TO BE SEEN AT STOCKPORT RAILWAY STATION
A partnership between SMBC, Virgin Rail and Arc will soon see 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.
The installation will be complete by the end of Febraury 2015 and it is hoped it will remain in place for up to a year.
ARC AWARDED ARTS COUNCIL GRANT
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.