Art for wellbeing in the park

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Bowling Pavilion in Alexander Park

Arts on Prescription CIC (community interest company) is a not-for-profit organisation providing creative activities, reminiscence and confidence building workshops designed to enhance mental health, wellbeing and promote social engagement. It is an innovative community resource linking art with health services to encourage intergenerational projects. Hastings and surrounding areas are given priority for funded courses.

The fun activities are geared towards adults’ and children’s ability. They can be given in GP practices, at home or community settings. The opening event of the project will be from their base in Alexandra Park, Hastings at the Bowling Pavilion near the lake.

Art on Prescription (AOP) is grateful to Hastings borough who rented the lease to them. There will be a free Easter workshop on Saturday April 16 from 11am – 4pm, an ‘eggcellent’ fun art activity. There will be further events for the year ahead: a garland and art workshop Saturday, May 8 from 11am – 4pm, a platinum jubilee tea party, picnics, walks, talks and creativity which will be accessible to all of the community. For further information please go to visit their website.

Tara Reddy, AOP founding director said: “The AOP team is delighted to have secured such a lovely accessible location to deliver art for wellbeing programmes as well as promoting the benefit of participating in art culture and nature. This central location in Alexandra Park will provide a therapeutic environment. We have lots of exiting plans and look forward to seeing people on April 16 at our open day picnic. Lead councillor for regeneration, Paul Barnett, said: “We are delighted that AOP are going to work out of this beautiful central location. I am sure they will be very successful in their new home.”

Image Credits: courtesy of Arts on Prescription CIC .

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