The Art House is a charity that opened to the public during August 2015 (Charity Registered No. 1146648 – St. Matthew’s House Ltd).
The charity was set up as a result of their belief that participation in the arts and creative opportunities brings improved health outcomes and an increased sense of wellbeing for people as they learn new skills, develop their creativity and benefit from meeting up with other individuals with a similar interest.
In particular their mission is to support and promote recovery, social inclusion the development of local artists from marginalised groups with a particular focus on working with people with mental health issues to enable them to overcome barriers and fulfil their potential.
Six years on and we now have a wide range of commercial art and pottery classes and workshops and a growing interest in the use of our exhibition spaces. We have recently been informed of a successful funding bid with the Big Lottery to fund the further development of our well-being work.