Established in 1995, Art Matters is a community arts studio and centre of wellbeing, mindfulness and growth, aiming to connect communities and provide creative pathways to recovery.
The studio offers a person-centred and supportive environment, in which service users are encouraged to explore their creativity, curiosity, and develop new skills and confidence, working as artists alongside experienced and creative staff and volunteers.
Individuals are encouraged to set themselves goals and take ownership of their development pathways, building on personal strengths and aspirations in a shared and inclusive environment.
We work directly with Richmond Fellowship’s Community Connections services in Redhill, Reigate, Banstead and Tandridge.
How we help
The studio has worked with schools and colleges in a range of creative initiatives, sharing a philosophy to promote mental health and wellbeing.
We have positive and established links and pathways to mental health providers and services across Surrey and work closely with partners in providing advice and support, acting as a stepping stone to further education and wider community activities.
Art Matters has a proactive service user forum, a panel of service users who advise, comment on and monitor the delivery of the service provided and direct the way forward.
Who we can help
Applicants to Art Matters should be over 18, live in Surrey, have a recognised mental health diagnosis and an interest in exploring creative opportunities.
You may already be accessing Richmond Fellowship’s Community Connections services in Redhill, Reigate and Banstead, and Tandridge.
Self referrals are welcome, as are referrals from GP practices and organisations providing services to people with a mental health diagnosis.
At the heart of everything we do lies:
- Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual
- Respect: valuing differences and all contributions
- Enabling: giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals
- Inclusion: the belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.