Ben Uri is committed to using its collection to support mental and physical wellbeing, and has close to a decade of working with a wide community of clients in residential care homes, day centres and art studios.
We support trainee art therapists with their university placements, give talks and training to a wide range of institutions, and provide gallery tours and art workshops to clients with a broad range of needs.
There is a growing understanding of the impact that taking part in the arts can have on health and wellbeing. Since we formed 100 years ago, we have been engaging with individuals and groups to connect and share art. By bringing people together to share culture, creativity and engaging in activities which are good for mental health, we have seen and measured the benefits to individuals and communities.
|2016:||Presented abstracts of our strategies, research and findings on PROVACAT at the International Arts and Humanities Conference 2016 (Seville)|
|2017:||Invited to present at the International Research Conference on Arts & Dementia 2017 (London)|
Ben Uri's Wellbeing programmes:
Creative Spaces enables Ben Uri to get creative in the community. Using materials and techniques which wouldn’t be possible in the gallery space, from printing and painting to sculpting, textiles and even gilding, it brings the joy and thrill of creativity to those who may not be able to get out so much.
As part of Ben Uri’s commitment to arts and health, we have been supporting the placement of a trainee Art Therapist from Roehampton University over the past two years.
PROVACAT represents Ben Uri’s ongoing commitment to researching and developing the field of arts and health.
Wellbeing News, Partnerships and Events
Zalia Zogheib conducting an interview with local couple, Hannah and Jacob, and produced an article exploring the value of art to people with dementia.
January 19th saw Ben Uri host a sold out panel discussion on Migration and Wellbeing. Art therapists and artists came together with members of the public, including refugees, to explore the role art can and should play in combating trauma, and the responsibilities of galleries like Ben Uri to help. Listen to edited highlights of the panel discussion below.
Panel: Tania Kaczynski and Shan Rixon, art therapists from New Art Studio and practising artist Cedoux Kadima. The event was chaired by Ed Dickenson, Wellbeing Officer at Ben Uri Gallery.
Find the Wellbeing & Migration recording summary here.
Ben Uri is working in partnership with the Netherwood Centre, Kilburn and trainee art therapist Charli Paterson from Roehampton University. This month we are featured in Jewish Renaissance magazine; read the article here.
Ben Uri has supported a wide range of partners and is actively looking to expand its provision. In addition to working with the elderly, we have supported refugees and asylum seekers at New Art Studio, student midwives at King's College London and autistic adults through Resources for Autism.
Excerpts from an interview with Afghani refugee Sayed.
Sayed talks about his journey from Afghanistan to the UK, his early experiences of being an Asylum Seeker and the importance of making art to him.