Arts Sisterhood UK is a non-profit organisation running affordable Art Therapy classes for Women and Non-Binary people across the UK

 

Our Story

Arts Sisterhood UK is a unique, grassroots Arts & Mental Health organisation that offers women and non-binary people affordable art therapy classes across the UK. Arts Sisterhood’s foundations are based on: mental health recovery, artistic expression and intersectional feminism. In 2016, Founder, Ali Strick, created this organisation as a direct response to the growing cuts to government funding for mental health services in the UK and the distinct lack of availability to creative, less-clinical mental health support on offer in the UK, with the main aim of offering a safe, inclusive and supportive community to the marginalised, rejected and neglected who can’t afford expensive private therapy. 

Since conception, Arts Sisterhood have held monthly classes in at the alternative community-run venue, DIY Space for London in Peckham, as well as some in Glasgow, with classes regularly selling out. Taught by artists and supervised by an accredited psychotherapist, their classes take attendees on a journey of self exploration and healing. This journey is designed to harness their feelings, envisioning them in an artistic form, and moving that form from their psyche and onto paper. During the class, they guide the women along a route starting with an initial word, feeling or thought, through to immersing them in personal and collaborative artistic expression, to end up with an exciting final piece of art, which is then discussed by the entire class, without judgement, then praised and celebrated. 

Arts Sisterhood aim to radically increase the frequency of their classes and to spread them to different cities across the UK, building an empowering, country-wide community of women, helping them to become stronger, healthier and more artistic through attendance of their classes. Their biggest goal is to make women's lives better.

Some of the reported benefits of attending the classes include: feeling comfortable, safe and un-judged; feeling able to open up; being alerted of unaddressed personal issues via artistic development, being able to address certain personal issues within the class, the chance to express oneself creatively, emotional catharsis, the chance to socialise and make new friends, feeling empowered or stronger, feeling relieved, feeling like you are not alone, feeling like you are apart of a supportive community of women, and being encouraged to do art regardless of your level of skill.

The classes have made a huge practical difference to the lives of its participants.
— Suyin Haynes, gal-dem Magazine

what to expect at our classes

  • A community of supportive, inclusive, accepting women.
  • Collaborative group art pieces.
  • A large space filled with women making art in a warm, buzzing atmosphere (up to 80 participants per class).
  • Smiling, kind and helpful volunteers, offering support and validation.
  • A music playlist of femme artists only
  • Never to be forced to do anything you don't want to.
  • No judgement at all.
  • To have fun!! :)
  • Positive and empowering themes (we do not cover triggering or traumatic subjects).
  • Alcoholic drinks and vegan snacks.
  • All materials provided!
  • A quiet art area away from the main class as well as a separate comfy chill out room.
  • The chance to express yourself creatively and verbally. We want everyone to be heard!
  • No tolerance for bullying or discrimination of any kind.
  • Full support for any arising anxiety issues during the session.