Studio Upstairs Receives Arts Council Funding

We have been awarded funding from Arts Council South West towards a year long arts project.

Drawing Through will be a project looking at the importance of drawing and in particular focusing on the role that creating artwork has on the healing process. This project will involve all members of Studio Upstairs and will culminate in three exhibitions over 2012.

For the last eleven years the Studio has been providing support to adults from around the South West. Studio Members hold regular exhibitions in and around Bristol and the funding from Arts Council will allow the members to widen their experience and exhibit to a wider audience. This is the first time that the charity has received Arts Council backing.

The Studio team is currently in discussion with artists and curators from around the UK to participate in this project, which will start early next year.

Zlatinka Hristova Director of Studio Upstairs said of the award: “We are delighted to receive this support from Arts Council England which is also a recognition of the quality of our work. The service that we provide is vital as it builds peoples creative and life skills through membership of the Studio community. Our community is unique in offering its members the opportunity to develop as artists in a safe and accepting environment where they are supported by  dedicated and well qualified team”.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Studio Upstairs Awarded £6,000 From Natwest Communityforce

We are delighted to announce that NatWest CommunityForce have awarded us just over £6000. The money, which was awarded to the three projects in each area with the most public votes, will go directly towards the core costs of running the Studio.

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or if you receive our newsletter you will undoubtedly have seen the messages in September asking for your votes. Our office team spent countless hours reminding friends and family to register their votes in support of Studio Upstairs and it really paid off!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to vote. This really is proof of the power of social media and confirmation that it really can be used to generate much needed funding.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and views from Studio Upstairs.

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Three Year Grant From Lankelly Chase

We received news today that The Lankelly Chase Foundation has awarded Studio Upstairs a three year grant. The Foundation, which is an independent charitable funder, has offered to support our core costs over three years which will mean that we are able to continue to offer our life saving service to members in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Watch this space for news on how this money will be used and how it will strengthen our service.

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Studio Upstairs Needs Your Help

We need your help when voting starts on 26th September for NatWest CommunityForce Awards. The charity is in the running for £6,000 award which will be given to the three charities who receive the most votes in the Bristol area.

Studio Upstairs provides a vital lifeline for artists experiencing mental distress and has been doing so for over 11 years.  The problems range from anxiety, depression and addictions to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The charity offers a safe creative space for artists to develop their skills and receive therapeutic support at the time of need.

Natwest CommunityForce is a new initiative which sees the bank working with local communities to support the people, projects and charities that make a real difference to their communities. Charities and projects throughout the UK have been applying to be in with a chance of winning an award. In September everyone will be able to vote for their favourite projects. The three projects with the most votes in each CommunityForce area will win the awards. Simple!

Studio Upstairs, like many other charities, is feeling the squeeze of local government cuts and changes to the way that health care is funded. The money from NatWest CommunityForce will go directly towards the running of the Studio and is enough to fund 5 new members to attend the Studio for a year and gain access to this important resource.

“Studio Upstairs is the foundation stone of my life that helps to keep me safe, stable and sane.” Anonymous member 

”Studio Upstairs has been the most meaningful intervention in my mental health support that I can remember” Anonymous member

Please remember the voting starts on 26th September and help Studio Upstairs win the award!

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Monday, September 19th, 2011

New Writers Group Leader Starts Tomorrow

We are delighted that our new Writers Group leader Amy Mason is starting at the Studio tomorrow. Amy is a writer and writing tutor and is currently in residence at Spike Island. We are really excited about the work the Amy is going to do with our writers. Watch this space for more performances in the coming months.

 Friday, July 8th, 2011

Studio Takes Part In Leading Philosophy Festival

We are happy to announce that one of our Art Therapists, Livy Powell is taking part in a discussion as part of How The Light Gets In, the Philosophy and Music Festival held in Hay on Wye at the end of this month.

Livy will be in discussion with David Maclagen on Tuesday 31st May when they will be exploring the concept of ‘outsider art’ and whether this label actually does more harm than good.

For more information and to book ticketsclick here

Friday, May 6th, 2011