All events run by Arts Sisterhood UK are supportive and non-threatening environments. We are dedicated to creating safe, accessible, and inclusive spaces. Here you can find our class rules and policies...


Class guidelines

  • Please do your best to take part in all of the work.

  • Please ask for help if you don’t understand or you need some inspiration for ideas - our volunteers are happy and kind, they want to help you :)

  • Remember there is no right or wrong piece of work, and no right or wrong way to create it.

  • Keep in mind that the piece you create and the final piece itself are not meant to be masterpieces. This class is all about expressing yourself, it doesn't have to look good!

  • Please do not compare yourself to others.

  • Please do not make negative comments about other peoples work or your own. Please do not laugh at any of the work unless you are 100% sure it is okay to.

  • Do not be offended if someone draws off or over your work, it is not anything to be taken personally, and it is not erasure, it’s collaboration - which we encourage! These pieces are meant to be collaborative, so please do not be precious about your work. However if it has particularly upset you, please kindly ask the person not to draw on your work, or alternatively, approach one of the volunteers for help in this situation.

  • Remember that the piece of paper and the materials do not belong to you, so please don't hog space or materials - please share and be kind with others.

  • Do your very best to come out of your comfort zone and socialise with others. Lots of people are nervous and have no one to talk to. We promise you'll feel rewarded after doing this :)

  • Be self aware of your behaviour - do not be rude, pretentious, selfish or standoffish - be welcoming, kind and accepting towards everyone in the class.

  • Treat others how you would want to be treated.

  • Please take responsibility for the energy your bring into the space. Everybody is in attendance because they want to feel better - we ask you to do your best to help the people around you feel good.

  • If you do not have anything nice to say then don’t say it at all.

  • Please do not be judgemental of your own work or anybody else’s.

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, let your hair down and enjoy yourself :)


Safe space policy

  • Everyone in attendance must be committed to mutual respect and community building.

  • We respect everyones names, pronouns, identities and experiences. We avoid making assumptions, promote mutual appreciation and understand that no one is required to share information about themselves or their experiences.

  • We commit to making the space as accessible as possible - physically, socially and personally.

  • We do not engage in insults, violence, threats or abuse of any kind.

  • We obtain explicit consent for physical touch and use of each other’s belongings.

  • We recognise that certain subjects may be triggering for individuals and we will actively avoid bringing up these subjects.

  • We have a quiet area away from the class for those who are anxious or needing some space, there will be volunteers there on hand for you to talk to if you need.

  • We commit to hearing each other and creating opportunities for all voices to be heard.

  • We accept shared responsibility where we hold ourselves and one another accountable to these agreements, without violence, judgement or assumption of intent.

  • We promote inclusive learning spaces.We encourage anyone who is feeling unsure or confused to ask questions and for these questions to be responded to in a constructive manner.

  • We have a zero tolerance policy on racism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, ableism, misogyny, and any form of bullying or discrimination.

If there are any comments or incidents of this sort, please report them to a volunteer and it will be dealt with.


DISCLAIMER

This is a peer-led group developed and facilitated by volunteers with an interest in creativity and mental health to meet a need in the community. We are not trained therapists so cannot offer professional psychological support at the class, however, we are advised and supported by an accredited psychotherapist. Our team will of course be on hand for peer-support throughout the class. 
These classes are a social event in a light-hearted environment, so we do provide an alcohol-stocked bar at most classes, therefore, this may not be suited to people who wish to be in a serious, professional theraputic setting.