Hartlepool Art Studio (Artrium)
As we are a community art studio, anyone aged 18 and over may attend. However, our prime focus is, and always will be, the rehabilitation of people who have lived experiences of mental ill health but we also have members with physical difficulties and or learning disabilities/difficulties.
As well as art led therapy, we also offer signposting services, support with external issues, and offer opportunities to all to undertake accredited training and options to try something new such as getting involved with community art projects.
Artrium Gallery was set up by Hartlepool Art Studio Ltd in 2014 as an outlet for our members to exhibit their artistic talent.
This soon grew into something more and artists started selling their work, creating some much-needed self-confidence, as well as local artists exhibiting and selling their work through our gallery.
Over the years, we have occupied different locations in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre in Hartlepool and are currently situated next to Wilkos.
We exhibit work from more than 15 individual artists, some people associated to the Artrium (members) and some external artists. Their work varying in genre, medium, and expertise, covering areas from paper crafts, jewellery, sculpture, paintings, and basic art materials. We stock a small amount of art supplies.
We take a commission from all artwork that is sold in our gallery. This is to cover the costs of our overheads and to keep the charity in operation.
One of our main priorities is working in the community; teaching, supporting and increasing social cohesion.
Our overall objective with everyone that we come into contact with is to build up their confidence and self-esteem through arts and crafts and return them to the community or to reduce the need for prescribed medication.
The Artrium strives to ensure the whole community gets involved in one way or another Working in schools with younger people is fantastic using arts and crafts into a learning environment, showing the importance of encouraging creativity for mental health well-being.
Over the years we have completed outreach at several schools, community centres and retirement homes in Hartlepool but we are able to work in the whole of the North East region.
Physical Environment Accessibility
Are your premises accessible?
Do you have accessible/disabled toilets?
Yes, wide doors and grab rails
Could you provide a BSL interpreter?
You you cater for religious/cultural needs?
Is a referral required to access your service?
Please give further details
Whilst we say yes, it's a self-referral but a doctor or other support agency can refer in.