Programmes

This coming year we will be immersing ourselves in the importance of art and the role it plays in improving mental health and wellbeing through a variety of events and workshops exploring mindfulness.

BCAG Wellbeing Programme - Learn More

Art Therapy Post Covid-19 Support Group

This is an art therapy support group for adults feeling challenged due to the impact of Covid-19.

No previous art skills are required. There is no right or wrong way to make art in art therapy and everyone over 18 is welcome.

Art Therapists will usually supply a wide range of art materials, from paints to clay, paper, wire, chalks or charcoal for instance.  However, to work online, we can adapt and use whatever is to hand or whatever you feel comfortable using in your designated creative space.  That space might be on your knee on the sofa, on the landing, in the spare room or at the kitchen table.  Inside or outside, as long as it works for you, that’s what matters.  The therapist will be happy to advise you on what materials to purchase if you wish to do that.

Venue:  The BCAG or Zoom
Group Size:  6 –10 people
6 Sessions
Duration:  1.5 hours per week

For information on the next available workshop please call the gallery on 0121 769 0966 or email info@birmingham-cag.uk

Conversations Through the Art of Quilling

Quilling or Paper Filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs.

These are 1-hour workshops that can be done on a one-off basis over the course of 14 weeks and they will enable the individual to experience a deeper, calmer and more mindful self.

CONVERSATIONS:
Black Lives Matter
COVID
Isolation
Moving on after COVID

Venue: The BCAG or Zoom
Price: £15 including quilling materials
Duration:  1 hour

For information on the next available workshop please call the gallery on 0121 769 0966 or email info@birmingham-cag.uk

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‘45 Minutes’

When a young person is experiencing crisis, whether it is at home or while living in residential or foster carers’ establishments, they often have the perception that adults do not understand them.  This can lead to turning to external attachments that they feel represent a source of relief for them, which can then further drive them down the road of self-destructive behaviour. This behaviour then impacts on other children, staff, families, support services and the wider community.

Across the Midlands young boys in care are especially and increasingly experiencing mental health issues and these issues are manifesting themselves in some worrying trends, such as teenage knife crimes, County Lines, gang violence, property damages in children’s homes, aggressive behaviour and theft.

‘45 Minutes’ is a programme designed to offer creative therapy support to young people to manage and deal with identity and everyday crises and offers some supportive time-out in a creative, safe, non-judgemental and impartial environment. This is an innovative approach to getting young people engaged through artsy and creative activities without being labelled or judged.  The aim of this initiative is to support children and young people, children’s homes establishments, foster carers and the youth offending services.

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‘On the Edge of Art’

This 12 month programme addresses the barriers and perceptions in society that people with a physical or mental health challenge often face when attempting to promote their creativity or follow their creative aspirations and passion.

The programme will focus on emerging artists who are either self-taught or have little or no formal academic training in the arts. These people are artistically talented and are looking to pursue a career in the arts. Through a broad based annual programme, our aim is to bring artists together, no matter what their personal challenges and circumstances, and we will be delivering practical and emotional support to artists through workshops, mentoring sessions, coaching and, as appropriate, 121 or group therapy sessions. This will culminate each year in an annual arts festival/exhibition called ‘Engage in the Arts’ that will be held at the gallery. For further information please contact us at info@birmingham-cag.uk.