Posts Tagged ‘BrightSparks’

“Visions” by Martin Muir – Art Exhibition

March 2, 2010

1st – 19th March 2010

Together with a temporary exhibition by Mental Health Service Users attending BrightSparks ArtSpace workshops in Leicester.

The Library Gallery, Lancaster Road, Hinckley

Free Private View: 2nd March, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

For further information, contact Katherine Brown, Gallery Administrator, at


RawArt! Mondays, 3.30pm to 5.30pm

March 1, 2010

BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group presents RawArt!

An opportunity for Mental Health Service Users to get together to indulge in artistic activity.

To take place Mondays 3.30pm – 5.30pm at Rawlins College in Quorn, starting 1st March 2010.

No charge.

Rawlins Community College
Loughborough Road
LE12 8DY

Tel: 01509 622800

To travel there by bus, catch numbers 2, 54, 126 or 127.

For further information, contact Tim Sayers by telephone 0795 687 9482

With support from Charnwood Arts and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

“In Your Wildest Dreams” event, 25th March 2010

March 1, 2010

The People’s Forum, with BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group, presents

In Your WIldest Dreams

An event for people who use mental health services and their informal carers

(Professionals welcome in support capacity for individuals)

Download information leaflet for “In Your WIldest Dreams” event.

Do you think people need services that they can’t get now? Are you interested in different ways of providing services? Find out about Social Enterprise and opportunities for the future!

Explore YOUR ideas for new social enterprise through art, graphics, creative writing, talking and listening, the Moaners and Whingers group

Lunch and all refreshments included
Travel and parking expenses paid for service users and carers

To book a place, please contact Alison Maullin by phone (0116 3054994) or by email (

Supported by Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

Smoking Cessation Poetry Booklet

February 11, 2010

Poems and illustrations on the theme of smoking, by BrightSparks poets and artists, are now available in a beautiful booklet. Download the poetry booklet here.

BrightSparks Smoking Cessation Poetry Booklet February 2010

BrightSparks Smoking Cessation Poetry Booklet February 2010

BrightSparks Comedy Asylum! February 20th 2010

February 1, 2010

Comedy Asylum poster 2010
The culmination of twelve comedy workshops facilitated by our very own Rob Gee.

An extravaganza of sketch comedy, stand up, magic, music and so much more!

With Free Buffet

Saturday February 20th 2010, 7 – 9pm

Admission: Only £3 / £1 Concessions / Free for Mental Health Service Users and family and friends

At The Guildhall, Guildhall Lane, Leicester

For further info or to book your tickets, phone Tim Sayers on 0795 687 9482

Part of Leicester Comedy Festival.

Thanks to Leicester City Council, The Freemason’s, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, 27a Access Artspace, and The Charity of Carlton Hayes Hospital.

Bedlam! Comedy Benefit, 16th February 2010

February 1, 2010

Mental Health Benefit Comedy Show

Featuring the wonderful Matt Hollins

Alongside Rob Gee and a plethora of Mental Health Service User comics with compere Damie Winehouse

All proceeds from this show will be donated to BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group

Tuesday 16th February 2010, 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Entrance: £3/£1/Free to Mental Health Service Users and Friends

At The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester, LE1 2DE

Tel: Tim Sayers on 0795 687 9482 to book tickets

Part of Leicester Comedy Festival.

Thanks to Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust CAIMHC.

BrightSparks Artspace final session 20th January 2010

January 19, 2010

It is with great regret that BrightSparks have to inform you that ArtSpace (our weekly art group and monthly poetry group at 27a Access Artspace) will be closing down as of Wednesday 20th January 2010.

Unfortunately our funding has finished and we have been unsuccessful with various bids to continue the project.

We will continue to seek further funding and when successful will re-open.

Come to ArtsCafe instead

Meanwhile, ArtsCafe continues to flourish, and we would be happy to see people from ArtSpace come along to this instead. We would, however point out that this is run on a mainly volunteer basis without a paid tutor and with less materials etc.

All the best


Lauren Foster presents… an art exhibition

January 19, 2010

Image by Lauren Foster

  • Art exhibition and sale of works by the artist, Lauren Foster
  • Currently showing at: The Recreation Hall, Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Glenfield Hospital, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9EJ
  • Viewing Tuesdays 12.30pm – 2.30pm or by appointment via Tim Sayers (phone 0795 687 9482)
  • Soon to be moving to the new gallery at George Hine House

Supported by BrightSparks: Arts in Mental Health Group.

Artspace cancelled due to bad weather 6th January 2010

January 6, 2010

Due to adverse weather conditions, ArtSpace is cancelled today (Wednesday 6th January 2010). Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Take care and I hope to see you all soon.

All the best,

Christmas break

December 17, 2009

27a Access Artspace closes for the Christmas holidays on Friday 18th December, and reopens on Monday 4th January 2010.

Everyone is invited to their Christmas party on Wednesday 23rd December at 5.30pm.

This means BrightSparks Artspace and Comedy Workshops will also take a break for two weeks (as 27a Access Artspace is our venue). The last Artspace of the year is on Wednesday 16th December, and the last Comedy Workshop is on Friday 18th December. The first Artspace of 2010 is on Wednesday 6th January [see article above], and the first Comedy Workshop of the new year is on Friday 8th January.

We know Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time for lots of people. If you can, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. If that’s not possible, please take care of yourself.