What Does Artlift Do?

Arts On Prescription

What We Do

Arts on Prescription

Artlift offers a range of art courses for health benefits, or “Arts on prescription” for people registered with a GP in Gloucestershire or at the Malmesbury Primary Care Centre (MPCC).

Specifically, the courses are for those at risk of developing (or who have developed) poor mental health due to anxiety or depression, a long term chronic condition or a major life change such as bereavement, redundancy or low self-esteem.

As well as projects such as Flourish and Finding Focus, we provide “arts on prescription” at various locations in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

The Art groups are free for participants but require a referral from either a Gloucestershire or Malmesbury Primary Care Centre health professional. GPs and other health professionals can refer people for a course of art either alongside or instead of medication and other interventions.

Artlift is different from Art Therapy

We provide a safe space where our experienced Artlift artists use creativity to help improve the mental wellbeing of the groups they lead.

There are around 8 people in each group along with an Artlift artist, meeting for 2 hours once a week for 6 or 8 weeks to just “do” art.

The type of art and the activities vary depending on the group; the emphasis is on creativity rather than technical ability and participants can choose a group that suits their schedule and interests.

We currently run the following courses:

How To Take Part

Our courses are free for participants but require a referral from either a Gloucestershire or Malmesbury Primary Care Centre health professional. Please don’t turn up to a course without prior arrangement.

Looking for a Referral Form?

Download a Gloucestershire referral form here

For MPCC patient referrals, please contact your health practitioner at MPCC directly.

Are you a Gloucestershire or MPCC GP or Health Practitioner?

GPs and other health professionals can refer people for a course of art either alongside or instead of medication and other interventions.

Artlift is also looking for GPs or Health Practitioners interested in hosting Artlift Residencies.