Local MP visits empowering arts project that boosts mental health and well being

Lynne and Kara at 306

Lynne Featherstone MP visited Studio 306 on Friday, to see how the inspirational art studio at the Chocolate Factory is using arts and crafts to help rehabilitate residents who are recovering from mental health illness.

At the studio, based in Wood Green, a group of skilled arts and crafts practitioners work with people recovering from mental health problems, in order to help them discover new skills and grow in confidence. The studio, which is part funded byHaringey Council and is an extension of their mental health service, was awarded lottery funding in the summer to run the Mental Health Well Being Project.

This weekend, the studio opened its doors so local residents could view and buy the jewellery, screen prints, ceramics and textiles, which had been produced by the artists. The private view was part of the Chocolate Factory’s Open Studios, where artists working in the Factory’s various studios are able to exhibit their best works.

Lynne Featherstone MP comment:

“It’s been really inspirational to see the work of Studio 306’s artists, new and old. At the studio, skilled artists share their knowledge with residents who have suffered mental health issues, and it’s clear that not only have they created some amazing works of art, the journey has also been really empowering and confidence boosting.

“It’s fantastic to see this lottery winning project working so well. Long may this successful partnership continue!”