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Doing something creative is a good way of relaxing or taking your mind off things, and it’s great for your self esteem to learn something new or produce something that gives you or others pleasure. Both our art/craft and music groups are an ideal way to do this, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done art or music before. Both groups are run very informally and you can attend when you want to – just as with our more general social support activities. When you first attend, if you wish, you can let us know so that someone will look out for your arrival and show you around.

Art and crafts

The group takes place on Thursday mornings, 10am – 12-30pm. Many different types of art and crafts are carried out, most of which are chosen by the group themselves. These have included mosaics, clay modelling, decoupage, paint effects, papier mache, candle making, puppets etc. as well as painting and drawing. The majority of work takes place in the conservatory at Faulkner Road, but we also go out to draw and paint from life, including going to our horticulture project in Knowle which provides a quiet place, free from interruption to draw subjects ranging from the surrounding landscape to individual wildflowers or gardening tools. We also undertake the occasional trip to art galleries etc. particularly when there is a special exhibition on at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. All art materials are supplied by Mind, and the two facilitators, Jo and Nick, are there to give help and guidance if you’re new to the activity, and to stand back and admire when you’ve finished or if you’re already an expert! The group also regularly make props and decorations for the various social events that take place at Mind. As well as the usual Christmas decorations they have made items ranging from giant packets of sweets to a 21 foot pirate ship!

Music

This group, facilitated by Andy, a professional musician, is on Thursday afternoons, 1pm – 4-30pm, also in our conservatory. 1pm - 2pm is for tuition, so if you’d like to learn guitar, keyboards, drums etc, this is your chance! From 2pm until 4-30pm the group play and jam together. A wide variety of music styles are played – it’s up to group members what they play – and Mind provides all the equipment (although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish). We have guitars, drum kits, keyboards, amplifiers, digital recording equipment and other assorted stuff. Everyone is welcome whether you are an experienced musician, have never played  before, just want to have a go at singing or are interested in the technical side of recording/producing music. As well as playing music for fun, the group also write and record music  - they have released several CDs of original music and plan to do more. They also, for those who want to, play live occasionally.

Poetry group

We have weekly poetry group – but don’t worry, it’s not too highbrow! It is a relaxing and fun way to read, listen to and write poetry. The group meets in our conservatory on Mondays, 2pm – 3pm

Other activities

In addition to our regular groups, subject to interest and funding and/or tutors/facilitators, we are occasionally able to run one-off courses which in the past have included creative writing, pottery and song writing – contact us to see if there are any on at the moment.
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Donate
Doing something creative is a good way of relaxing or taking your mind off things, and it’s great for your self esteem to learn something new or produce something that gives you or others pleasure. Both our art/craft and music groups are an ideal way to do this, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never done art or music before. Both groups are run very informally and you can attend when you want to – just as with our more general social support activities. When you first attend, if you wish, you can let us know so that someone will look out for your arrival and show you around.

Art and crafts

The group takes place on Thursday mornings, 10am – 12-30pm. Many different types of art and crafts are carried out, most of which are chosen by the group themselves. These have included mosaics, clay modelling, decoupage, paint effects, papier mache, candle making, puppets etc. as well as painting and drawing. The majority of work takes place in the conservatory at Faulkner Road, but we also go out to draw and paint from life, including going to our horticulture project in Knowle which provides a quiet place, free from interruption to draw subjects ranging from the surrounding landscape to individual wildflowers or gardening tools. We also undertake the occasional trip to art galleries etc. particularly when there is a special exhibition on at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. All art materials are supplied by Mind, and the two facilitators, Jo and Nick, are there to give help and guidance if you’re new to the activity, and to stand back and admire when you’ve finished or if you’re already an expert!

Music

This group, facilitated by Andy, a professional musician, is on Thursday afternoons, 1pm – 4-30pm, also in our conservatory. 1pm - 2pm is for tuition, so if you’d like to learn guitar, keyboards, drums etc, this is your chance! From 2pm until 4-30pm the group play and jam together. A wide variety of music styles are played – it’s up to group members what they play – and Mind provides all the equipment (although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish). We have guitars, drum kits, keyboards, amplifiers, digital recording equipment and other assorted stuff. Everyone is welcome whether you are an experienced musician, have never played  before, just want to have a go at singing or are interested in the technical side of recording/producing music. As well as playing music for fun, the group also write and record music  - they have released several CDs of original music and plan to do more. They also, for those who want to, play live occasionally.

Poetry group

We have weekly poetry group – but don’t worry, it’s not too highbrow! It is a relaxing and fun way to read, listen to and write poetry. The group meets in our conservatory on Wdnesdays, 2pm – 3pm
This site does not use cookies  Solihull Mind 2019 Registered Charity Number 516058