Open Arts

promoting health and well being through art

Creative Professional Development – Wednesday 31st October 2012 October 16, 2012

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Hawthorne Centre – Rochford Hospital 


This is a day of presentation and discussion on arts, health and community projects. If you are a student in arts, health or social care, a graduate, or an artist, health or social care worker seeking insight into how to set up and deliver arts projects with groups, then this is for you. Choose from any one of the talks, or attend the whole day for maximum benefit. Free with tea and coffee provided.


10am – Arts and Health project presentation– Introduction to participatory arts and health project Open Arts. This talk will cover an overview of the project planning, structure and set up of the groups, including a focus on some case study material.


11am – Essex Public Health Team– an introductory talk describing Mental Health First Aid, an accredited training course designed as an introduction and toolkit in demystifying mental health, and what to do in a crisis situation.


11.30am Inside the mind of an artist – Presentations & Discussions with local artists Chris Ruston and Alan Hockett around their creative process and practice:


Chris Ruston graduated with BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 1982. She then trained as An Art Psychotherapist in 1989. She has worked in the NHS for 28 years, initially full time, and then part time since 1994. She has always maintained her own art practice alongside her work as an Art Psychotherapist. Chris works predominately with paper and ink, and is currently producing both paintings and Artists Books.

Alan Hockett is a Leigh based artist who uses the local landscape to capture stunning shots of individual moments in time. Since finishing his fine art degree in 2001, he has worked in participatory arts working with Groups such as open arts, teenage mothers, Youth offending and the drug and alcohol team.


2pm Essex County Arts Development Team – through this information talk on Essex Small Grants, find out how to apply for your own grant of up to £2500 to run arts projects in Essex. This year the focus is on arts and health.



To book onto any of these talks contact or call 01277 312916 FREE


Rochford Art Trail 27th October – 3rd November 2012

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Arts and Health events and workshops with Rochford Art Trail2012

LAUNCH Saturday 27th October

Rochford Hospitalopen to the public, all ages welcome

Hospital Main Building Art exhibition in Rochford Hospital main corridor featuring works by Open Arts participants, patient groups, volunteers and arts tutors

Hawthorne Centre, Rochford Hospital

10am – 3pm: – Wellbeing stands on ways to stay well – Art sale.

10.30 – 11.30am Diverse MindsDrumKulture –African Jembe Drumming. Join in with Jembe African rhythm drumming through co-ordination and participation.

12-2pm Different Drumfeel the rhythm in the air with bongo drumming workshop.

2.30 – 3.30pm Diverse MindsDrumKulture –African Jembe Drumming. Join in with Jembe African rhythm drumming through co-ordination and participation.

To book contact open.arts@sept.nhs.ukor call 01277 312916. FREE

OPEN INSIDE SPACETuesday 30th October

Rochford Library open to adults

Open Arts will be hosting a free taster art workshop at Rochford Library as part of Rochford Art Trail to give members of the public a space for their own art as relaxation. Explore creativity through the use of found objects and music with the guidance of therapeutic arts facilitator and Rayleigh artist Dawn Van Win.

10am – 12 noon

To book contact open.arts@sept.nhs.ukor call 01277 312916 FREE


New Open Arts Courses Available Now! And a ‘Hello’ from the Open Arts Project Coordinators… November 26, 2010

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I’m Hannah, I’m one of the new(ish) project workers with Open Arts, a job I share with Emmy. I say new-ish as Emmy and I have been working with Open Arts since May, but we’ve been so busy, we’ve only just had a chance to update the blog. Sorry for the delay! But you’ll be hearing a lot more from us from now on…


Here are the courses we currently have planned, from now until April 2010:


Southend ‘Film’  

@ TAP Studios

Thursday mornings – 10.00AM-12 Midday 

Starting 25th November for 15 weeks



‘Performing Arts’

@ Palace Theatre

Monday mornings – 10.30AM-1.00PM 

Starting 10th January for 13 weeks


‘Visual Arts’

@ Thurrock Open Door

Monday Mornings – 10.30 AM-12.30 PM 

Starting 10th January for 12 weeks


‘Visual Arts’

@ Trinity Church Hall, Vange

Friday afternoons – 1-3pm 

Starting Friday 14th Jan for 12 weeks


‘Creative Glass’

@ The Art Factory


FEBRUARY 2011, details to be confirmed…


‘Open Studio’

@ TAP Studio


FEBRUARY 2011, details to be confirmed…


If you would like to find out more about any of these courses, please contact:

Emmy Narbutas, Open Arts Project Coordinator

Tel 07507 192178, Email


Hannah Cridford, Open Arts Project Coordinator

Tel 07507 191853, Email

Open Arts is a South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust project, which aims to promote positive mental health through creativity. If you or someone you know has a mental health need and could benefit from accessing Open Arts, please get in touch.


Recruitment – Arts Project Worker December 21, 2009

Filed under: Art Therapy jobs,arts in health,Arts in Health jobs,community arts — kheydinrych @ 1:15 pm

Open Arts has an exciting new post for an Arts Project Worker, that is out to advert now! Look up and search for Arts Project Worker for a job description and details on how to apply, or contact the Arts Co-ordinator for more details.

the closing date for applications is 22nd january 2010.


Open Arts courses January – April 2010 December 16, 2009

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Performing Arts @

Palace Theatre

Monday mornings

Starting 11th January for 12 weeks


Thai Chi @ Salvation Army

Mondays 7pm – 9pm

18th 25th Jan, 1st 8th 15th 22nd Feb 2010 – 6 week taster course

Southend  photography @ TAP studios Monday afternoons

8th 15th 22nd Feb 1st 8th 15th March – 6 week taster course


Fine Art @ Tilbury Community Resource Centre

Tuesday mornings 10-12noon

Starting 19th January to 6th April 2010


Fine Art @ Markhams Chase Leisure Centre

Thursday afternoons

Starting 4th February  for 12 weeks


Fine Art @ venue to be confirmed

Wednesday afternoons 1.30-3.30pm from 3rd March 2010 until 26th May (excluding 24th March)  12 week course

Places on courses are limited so please refer as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Places can be allocated up to 4 weeks into a course, providing there is space in the group.

If the preferred course is full we will do our best to offer a place on another course in a nearby location.

For more information on courses, contact:

Kirsten Heydinrych, Arts Co-ordinator

Tel 07949440326



Animation Workshop October 14, 2009

Filed under: arts in health,community arts — kheydinrych @ 4:46 pm

We recently held an animation workshop at our Open Studio inBasildon, led by artist Alan Spice. Click on the links below to see the results….


Art Exhibition at Towngate Theatre in Basildon 10th-16th October October 8, 2009

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Open Arts have linked up with Basildon Mind and Thurrock Mind to create an exhibition in Basildon town centre, at the Towngate Theatre. The exhibition is showing artworks from a wide range of local and regional artists who are promoting self expression through art. The exhibition is up from 10th-16th October in support of Mental Health Awareness Day.

An afternoon reception will take place on Friday 16th October. The exhibition is free entry and welcomes visitors