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What we do

Arts and Minds uses the arts to help people living with mental health challenges.

Our courses are available throughout Cambridgeshire.

The evidence for the positive effects of creative activity is overwhelming. You can see some of the research and testimonials here.

Please support our work by donating here.

Our programmes

Arts on prescription

Our programme of arts workshops are friendly and inclusive spaces for adults over the age of 18 who are experiencing mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.

Led by a professional artist and a qualified counsellor, they offer the chance to explore working with a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing, printmaking and sculpture.

We run Arts on Prescription programmes in Cambridge, St Ives and Peterborough (and online) – please email for more details.

Michaelhouse Singers

We are a welcoming community choir open to anybody with a mental health condition and their carers and friends. Young people over 12 years are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

We meet on Friday afternoons at the Michaelhouse Centre in Cambridge – if you would like to join please email

Pottery for younger people with dementia

Our Younger People with Dementia programme provides a safe and therapeutic environment for participants diagnosed with dementia early in life.

Sessions allow attendees to show ability and enjoy success within a safe and social setting, experience handling clay and be guided and supported to make objects which will then be glazed and professionally fired.

We are currently meeting at St Martin's Church Centre on Friday afternoons – if you would like to find out more please email

Creative café

Arts & Minds Creative Cafe is a monthly, informal, friendly drop-in cafe. The cafe is open to people of all ages and we particularly welcome those who may be experiencing anxiety, depression or loneliness to feel more connected with their community.

The Creative Cafe runs on the last Tuesday of each month at Cambridge Junction 10:30-12:30, everyone welcome – just drop in!

Creative break

We provide art sessions for corporate clients and other organisations committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of their employees.

For more information, click here.

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Our fortnightly creative sessions are run by our associate artists, and will give you an opportunity to experience different media and techniques to keep you engaged during Covid 19.

This programme was run during lockdown and has now ended.

Research and evidence

The research and evidence supporting the power of the arts to transform health and wellbeing is overwhelming.

Below are some examples of reports, studies and resources:

Creative Health 2017

WHO 2019


"To me, being creative in a group is a wonderful way of bringing out all that is positive and dissolving those negative feelings we all sometimes have – Arts and Minds have a winning formula with Arts on Prescription."

"Arts on Prescription was a turning point for me – and I’ve not stopped drawing and painting since!"

"It was a way I could express myself and allow how I was feeling to really surface – keep up the good work you are very much needed!"

Our team


Director: Emily Bradfield
Programme Manager: Lynne Taylor
Office Assistant: Jane Jackson


Helen McCallum (Chair), Kim Clayden (Treasurer), Emma Bigg, Catherine Hatcher, Emma Howes, Margaret Ingram, Ray McCappin, Siobhan Whitley, Simon Willson


Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, Simon McBurney OBE, Jill Gomez, Professor German Berrios, The Rt Revd Stephen Conway, Bishop of Ely


Arts on Prescription:
Artists: Caroline Wendling, Susanne Jasilek, Jane Frost
Counsellors: Alison Gilling, Karen Street

Pottery for Younger People with Dementia:
Artists: Bob Race, Sheena Grummitt

Michaelhouse Singers:
Leaders: Anne Taylor, Alison Summers

Museum partners:
University of Cambridge Museums (Fitzwilliam Museum; Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology), Norris Museum (St Ives), Peterborough Museum


Dr Peter Bailey, Wendy Dear, David Jordan, Christina Rowland-Jones MBE (honorary), Graham Spinks


Kirsty Handford, Kim Laidler, Kath Taylor, Richard Taylor, Ruth Tillyard, Nikola White

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us for more information on any of our projects.

Arts and Minds, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

Emily Bradfield, Director:
Lynne Taylor, Programme Manager:
Peterborough enquiries:

telephone: 01223-403485

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