Art & Wellbeing

Can art really make people feel better?

The simple answer to this is yes! Art in any form, whether you are creating something or visiting a gallery or museum, reduces the stress hormone called cortisol and releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins which help you combat stress and pain.

Art moves us in so many ways, it stirs our inner awareness of self and motivates us to act on feelings we have forgotten through the preoccupation with our everyday routines. Art as a philosophy of life reflects on the idea that something can be beautiful and good, but imperfect; something can be unfinished and rough, but it can offer our minds peace and calm.

The role of the arts in healthcare has been around a long time, however it is only in recent years with the prioritisation of mental health in society, that it is being highlighted and given a much greater part to play in reducing anxiety and depression, while improving general happiness and productivity.

It is not just the aesthetics of looking at a beautiful piece of art that lifts a person’s spirits, although it can definitely do this, but it also has a profound effect on a person’s psychological and physical wellbeing. It reduces stress, it distracts from other worries, it builds self-esteem, it increases self-confidence and it helps to create a healthy state of mind. Art then becomes an antidote to something unseen but that is felt by individuals in our communities, never more so than now and the current world in which we live.

The arts also help meet challenges in social care as well as healthcare, associated with ageing, loneliness and long-term conditions such as cancer and dementia. Crucially they can help save the care sector money, as well as the NHS.

At The BCAG we are committed to bringing people together with an interest in art and how it can be used to enhance mental health and wellbeing. It is our belief that a company that values its employees’ mental health is a company that will not only improve its overall productivity, but it will also increase job satisfaction and therefore retain its workforce.

We have a small but qualified team of experienced art therapists, artists and other professionals with whom we are able to offer a series of dedicated workshops and programmes to support businesses, groups and individuals who may need help around team building, workplace stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health related issues.


Giano Johal

Giano Johal

Giano is passionate about arts in health. Art has transformed her life and through her work, she helps others unlock their potential and the benefits it brings. Her creative art workshops help participants tap into their creative side and increase their confidence and self- esteem, while at the same time reducing stress levels.
Giano has a BA Hons in Design for Interior Textiles, she is a certified NLP Practitioner and Mental Health First Aider along with many years of experience working within the mental health & arts field. Most of all, she has the ability to connect with a wide range of people and audiences and put people totally at ease.

Julie Buxton

Julie Buxton

Julie is a qualified Art Therapist with 28 years’ experience of working with individuals/groups, running workshops/training courses for the public and supervision sessions, locally and internationally. She is HCPC Registered Art Therapist and BAAT Approved Supervisor. She also has an MA in Creative Writing, has recently completed a Covid-19 Psychological First Aid course, a certificate in Bereavement Therapy and is training to become a Mindfulness Teacher. She lives and works in Birmingham.
Rachel Akers

Rachel Akers

Rachel is one of The BCAG’s resident artists and she offers a range of workshops from clay and painting to jewellery and digital photography. Art is known to be a great stress reliever, even for those who are not artistic, and Rachel’s workshops are designed with this in mind. She has 16 years’ experience of teaching and running workshops for both children and adults.