Skip to content
More +
Our arts programme: BLOC (Building Libraries on Creativity)

BLOC LAB: Creativity & Mental Health

A mixed-media arts residency exploring the relationship between participatory arts and mental health. In collaboration with Suffolk Artlink, Association for Suffolk Museums, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and Suffolk County Council.

Applications for the BLOC LAB have now closed.

Explore the relationship between creativity and mental health

We are inviting six local artists to get involved with an exciting project to explore how creativity can nurture mental health.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your practice as a community artist as well as a toolkit of skills to support people of all ages living with mental health challenges.

About the BLOC LAB residency

This opportunity will offer a paid, mixed media artist residency in libraries and museums for Suffolk-based artists interested in building an understanding of clinical and creative working practices, to support both their own mental health and the mental health of the people they work with.

The residency will run between January and April 2022 based in Ipswich and Stowmarket libraries and other locations. The six artists will then be asked to design and deliver a course over seven weeks, for people with mental health challenges.

Context

Organisations from across Suffolk are working together to explore the role creativity can play in nurturing people’s mental health and wellbeing.

With a wealth of experience in mental health and wellbeing programmes Suffolk Artlink, Suffolk Libraries, the Association for Suffolk Museums, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Suffolk County Council have collaborated to create this opportunity for artists to practically develop a toolkit of skills which champion best working practices to support people of all ages living with mental health challenges.

For more information about this opportunity, including criteria for application and benefits to artists, read through our Additional Information guide (PDF).

Key dates

  • Deadline for applications: 29 November at 12PM

  • Interviews: 15 - 16 December

  • Notification of successful applicants: 17 December

  • BLOC LAB week: 17 - 21 January 2022

  • Future planning LAB: 7 - 9 February 2022

  • 7-week course delivery: February - April 2022

If you have any questions about this opportunity, email arts@suffolklibraries.co.uk.