Imagine Therapeutic Arts

A community-based studio offering a supportive space for creativity

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Right in the heart of Stroud’s mill heritage, between the canal and the river, Imagine Therapeutic Arts has developed further as a community project within the premises of Fromehall Mill.

For over 10 years we have been offering an accessible and supportive studio space in which members can explore and develop their creativity within a social environment. Now, thanks to the support we have received from the Association for the Promotion of Artistic Therapy and the Barnwood Trust the studios are fully accessible for people with limited mobility.

Contact info

  • 01453 767059
  • Laura | Hisako | Robin

Unit 2, Block 2, Fromehall Mill – Lodgemore Lane

Inclusion statement

Imagine Therapeutic Arts is a community-based studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire. For over 10 years it has been offering a supported studio practice for people, with or without any artistic experience, who intend to develop their creativity as a way of improving their health and wellbeing. Through this time and a programme of structured groups, Imagine has developed an artistic-therapeutic community.
Studio members can self refer or be referred by other health organisations. The spirit of the project is based on inclusivity, welcoming people of any age, with different physical
and/or mental health issues, alongside people with disabilities and/or sensory impairments. Therapists are working side by side with studio members, artists and
volunteers. Some of the support groups focus on adults and the elderly, others on young people.
A high percentage of members comes from the demographic group of vulnerable people and have had to self-isolate since the beginning of the pandemic. Many of them have
limited or no access to the technology that allows most of us to connect through the Internet. Within this group, many are elderly and vulnerable who were already at risk of
social isolation and loneliness. As their physical health and gradual sense impairments start to restrict their involvement in social and recreational activities, they can begin to
withdraw from the outside world. This can lead to deterioration in their mental health and wellbeing. The current Covid-19 situation had and still has a strong and delicate impact on the activities we offer from our community space.

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