Encouraging creativity during Covid 19

Whilst our office is closed and our face-to-face activities are temporarily suspended, our small team of staff and freelancers are developing a range of creative activities which will be accessible online and / or by post. We hope to ensure that we are maintaining contact with everyone as usual, albeit in a different way!   Please click here to learn more.

To find out more about our Creative Care programme and download a range of Invitations to Create, please click here.

To donate and support our work during Covid 19, please click here.

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 projects

Arts on prescription

Our arts workshops are friendly, weekly art workshops for people experiencing mental health challenges, including anxiety and depression.

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

Michaelhouse Singers

We are a friendly choir open to anybody with a mental health condition and their carers and friends.

We meet in the Michaelhouse Centre every Friday between 2:30–3:30pm.

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 being guided and supported to make objects which will then be glazed and professionally fired.

Creative café

Arts & Minds Creative Cafe is a monthly, informal, friendly drop-in cafe held on the last Tuesday of each month in the foyer at Cambridge Junction from 10:30 to 12.30.

The cafe is open to everybody and particularly welcomes people who may be experiencing anxiety, depression or loneliness to come along and feel more connected with their community.

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.


Seven leading organisations that support the mental wellbeing of children or young people in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough launched Fullscope in October 2019.

Fullscope's member organisations are Arts and Minds, Blue Smile, Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination, Centre 33, CPSL Mind, The Kite Trust and YMCA Trinity Group.

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: Sophie Bennett
Finance & Office Manager: Natalie Emuss


Helen McCallum (Chair), Richard Taylor (Deputy Chair), Lorraine Partridge (Treasurer), Madeleine Cooter-Baker, Emma Bigg, Catherine Hatcher, Emma Howes, Margaret Ingram, Ray McCappin, Christina Rowland-Jones MBE, 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:
Lead Artist: Caroline Wendling
Artists: Jane Frost, Susanne Jasilek, Giuseppina Santoro
Counsellors: Alison Gilling, Karen Street

Young People with Dementia Pottery:
Bob Race (Lead Artist), Sheena Grummitt (Supporting Artist)

Michaelhouse Singers:
Anne Taylor (Conductor)

Virtual Creative Cafe:
Ruth Cocksedge, Jane Frost, Marissa Green, Susanne Jasilek, Giuseppina Santoro, Karen Street, Katrina Wilson

Norris Museum (St Ives), Peterborough Museum, University of Cambridge Museums


Dr Peter Bailey, Wendy Dear, David Jordan, Graham Spinks


Ai Azami, Sheena Grummitt, Emma Monteiro

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: emily@artsandminds.org.uk
Sophie Bennett, Programme Manager: sophie@artsandminds.org.uk
Natalie Emuss, Finance & Office Manager: natalie@artsandminds.org.uk

telephone: 01223-403485

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