Art Theraputic Community Group: Membership

Covid-19 Update: please note that the Studio is temporary closed to protect the health of Members, team and volunteers. We continue to support our current members through phone or video link. 

Meanwhile, potential members can apply for the Remote Support. 


Studio Members attend the Studio on agreed days between 10am - 5pm to develop their own artwork in the shared studio and to participate in the community life including events and exhibitions.

There is an initial discussion of their goals, followed by regular reviews and separate opportunities for group and individual discussions on diverse topics.

The group is facilitated by two Studio Managers who are qualified, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapists and who are supported by volunteers or trainees on a placement.  They work holistically in the well established and continuosly improved Studio Upstairs model. The model combines art educational, theraputic and social support in one package.

Studio Members have opportunities for their work to be promoted online and through exhibitions, take part in organised events and outings to museums and galleries.

There are coffee/ tea making facilities, Wi-Fi  and some art materials are provided.

Our Members say:

“To be able to share a space for seven hours a day is both a privilege and a luxury. Studio Upstairs is a community of committed artists who respond to each other with sympathy, support and respect. Not only is this true of the members but also of the studio managers who, as well as promoting interaction, make their own work when time permits thus removing a ‘them and us’ or therapist/client relationship. Consequently I feel safe sharing my struggles, doubts and difficulties as well as my achievements. Feelings, however muddled or negative, are accepted as material for discussion. I am never judged.”

“I have tried a lot of different therapies but never found anything that helped me until I came to Studio Upstairs. I’ve grown so much in the last year.”