About us

Arty-Folks reaches out to adults of working age 18+ in Coventry and Warwickshire who are at a low point in life and struggling with mental ill health.

We believe that a person cannot be explained through a medical diagnosis and that most mental distress is caused by social circumstances often outside the person’s control.

A medical diagnosis can offer relief at start by naming the problem but on the other hand can disempower by labelling and by putting the spotlight on a person’s deficits and disorders which can only further perpetuate their negative self-beliefs.

We began as a peer support and recreational art group in 1995 and over time we developed our ground-breaking art as therapy programme together with our members.

Today our programme combines four elements that we have found to be essential to empower people on their recovery journey and to make strides in life:
• Art for Self-Development
• 1:1 Coaching and Mentoring
• Peer Companionship
• Time to process life experiences

“Arty-Folks is something I came across by chance and I can honestly say it’s been the best thing for me. I love the conversations we have, such lovely people. It’s provided me with an outlet and a way to step back from life and all its difficulties, and through my artwork get some clarity and put things into perspective.”