What we do
Project eARTh is a series of workshops led by a professional artist, supported by mental health staff and volunteers. There are 36 workshops per year in each of two locations in Derbyshire with people experiencing mental distress, long term conditions and/or physical impairments. High Peak Community Arts has existed for 36 years and Project eARTh, which grew out of a partnership project with local mental health teams, has been running for five years. Referrals have come from mental health teams, housing associations, the local authority, children’s centres and individuals. It would like to encourage more referrals from GPs.
Participants work together to create innovative and exciting artworks for the community – an aluminium archway for a park, solar powered audio posts on a footpath, a felted wall hanging for The Moorland Centre, and much more. We celebrate the artworks, inviting dignitaries to unveil them. Participants develop friends, are creative, have fun, learn skills, build confidence and improve self worth, and become more involved in their community – while enhancing the local environment. Nottingham University is currently undertaking an external evaluation of the project. We can help others develop their own programmes, especially in rural areas.
Project eARTh has given me my life back again, instead of my life being a black hole.