Promoting good health through the arts
This case study describes the 'Arts on Prescription goes for a Walk' programme - an innovative development of an already existing scheme. The project attracted ten adults suffering from a range of mental health issues who used natural materials found in a parkland to create temporary installations. You'll find a description of the project, alongside key evaluation findings.
The Arts on Prescription goes for a Walk pilot programme was extensively advertised via local media and mental health service professionals and attracted 10 adults suffering from a range of mental health issues. The Ashfield based artist Keith Hoffman-Dorn led the delivery of the 6 weekly two and a half hour sessions using the Teversal Visitor Centre as a base.
The project participants had the opportunity to use natural materials found in the parkland and build controlled fires in order to process specific items, e.g. the creation of charcoal for use in graphic work. The sessions included the creation of temporary installations, ‘cave painting’, the formation of press moulds and plaster casting using pieces of found industrial debris.