Arts Network is Hiring!

Arts Network is an arts and crafts charity for people who have SMI (Severe Mental Illness).

This is an exciting time to be part of this innovative organisation that has gone through a period of growth and is now one of the leading arts and wellbeing charities in south-east London.

We are now recruiting for the following positions:

Operations Manager (Maternity Cover)

Salary:                  £29,120 per annum  (28 hours per week)
Deadline:             Friday 2 July 2021, 10 am

Click HERE for Job description and application information.

2 x Workshop Facilitators

Salary:                  Between £13,104 and £15,834  (21 hours per week)
Deadline:             Thursday 1 July 2021, 10 am

Click HERE for Job description and application information.

Arts Network recognises the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Still time to submit your Wish You Were There postcards!

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in our Wish You Were There Exhibition so far! 👀⁣

All of the work has been fantastic! Hopefully it won’t be long now before we can act on some of the dreams shown in the postcards. 📮⁣

If you haven’t shared your postcard with us, there’s still time! Send in your postcard to our address so we can see it! If you are a member and need a new blank postcard, get in touch with us at stayconnected@artsnetwork.




📣Funding from the City Bridge Trust! 📣⁣

We are delighted to announce that we have received funding from the City Bridge Trust!

This funding has meant that we are able to expand our service and deliver more workshops throughout the boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth. 

Stay tuned for more information on how this exciting opportunity will develop. You can click here find out more about the funding.




📣Call for submissions! 📣⁣

Arts Network is looking for local community organisations to feature in its monthly Stay Connected publication! 📰

Are you a community organisation based in South East London? If yes this is a great opportunity to share information about what you do! 🗣⁣

The feature aims to inform, explore, connect and share experiences, stories and perspectives to enhance the wellbeing of our communities. ⁣

The magazine is posted every month to vulnerable communities and individuals across the boroughs of Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark

Get in touch with us at to find out more 💌


Job Role: Workshop Facilitator
Arts Network is hiring! We are looking for a new workshop facilitator to help deliver workshops both in person and online.

Click here to access the job description and find out how to apply.



Arts Network Walks
Thank you to everyone who came to or socially distanced walk through Manor Park. It was great to be able to see everyone and catch up, and we got lucky with the weather as well!

Members will be contacted with details about our net walk which will take place in November. We’re looking forward to it!

If you aren’t a member and would like to become one, click here to visit our referral page and information on how to become one. Due to Covid-19 our service is primarily run online and there are currently delays to accepting new referrals. 



Online Workshops for Members

It’s been great to be able to virtually meet up with members in our online workshops! The response has been excellent so far, and it is lovely to see some familiar faces and be creative together.

Our last two workshops have looked at how to make collages with textures, and how to design our own fictional characters. In next week’s workshop Paula will be teaching a technique for making our own zine!

If you have trouble getting online, or don’t know how to access Zoom, there will be a 30 minute period before the meeting starts where Joseph will be able to help get you set up. 

As usual, we have sent our members emails with details on how to take part, so if you are interested, check your inbox and sign up! If you can’t see your email, get in touch with us and we can help out.

If you aren’t a member and would like to become one, click here to visit our referral page and information on how to become one. Due to Covid-19 our service is primarily run online and there are currently delays to accepting new referrals. 



Arts Network Walks

Over September we have been meeting up with members for a socially distanced picnic on Blackheath. This was a chance for us all to catch up and do some art together in person.

As we move into winter, and the days grow shorter and colder, we will be swapping out our picnics for socially distanced walks! The first of these walks takes place on Thursday 22nd of October, and we will be getting in contact with members to give them more details.






£720 raised for Arts Network
Aleksandra has raised a whopping £720 for Arts Network on her marathon bike ride from Land’s End to London! 🚴🏻‍♀️⁣

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to and supported Aleksandra throughout her journey. It was tough at times, with blood sweat and tears at various stages, and all the support pushed her across the finish line.

Well done and thank you Aleksandra, you are amazing!


York St John Evaluation 2020

The team from York St John University returned this January to conduct a thorough evaluation of Arts Network, our aims, impact and how our members engage with our service.

Click here, or on the image to access the report. 

Fundraiser: Cycling from Land’s End to London to raise money for Arts Network

Our friend the amazing Aleksandra will be cycling from Land’s End to London to fundraise for Arts Network! 🚴🏻‍♀️⁣

Ola was diagnosed with a severe ulcerative colitis-pancolitis 2 years ago and has battled with this life long condition ever since, so this is also a personal challenge for her and others who battle with this illness.

Click Here or on the image to view and donate to her campaign.  

Thank you and good luck Ola! We will be following your journey and cheering you on!😁🥇


Stay Connected Issue 4
Stay Connected

In response to the ongoing lockdown, we have started a number of initiatives to keep in contact with our members.

With the mission to ‘Stay Well, Stay Creative, Stay Connected’, Arts Network has been producing online arts and crafts tutorials designed to be able to do at home. With three original videos released each week covering a range of techniques, we hope our members and supporters find something that suits them. Click here to visit our Youtube account where you can watch the latest videos.

We have also been releasing our bi-weekly ‘Stay Connected’ Zine. This activity booklet is jam packed with fun activities to do at home. Our members receive a physical copy in the post and a monthly bumper pack which includes art materials. If you are not a member you can access our back catalogue through our site. Click here to check it out!

We have also been sharing our members’ amazing artwork over social media. If you are a member and would like to share some of your work, we would love to see it! Send it to us either via social media or at Click here to see what we have posted so far.

Information Regarding Covid-19

In light of the latest government guidance on COVID-19, Arts Network has postponed all workshops until further notice. During this time, we will be posting and sharing resources, activities and links designed to help our wellbeing and keep creative. 

This includes our ‘Arts Network Challenge’ videos, and our ‘Stay Connected’ activity packs. Make sure to follow our social media pages to stay up to date.

Kew Gardens: Orchid Festival

In February we visited Kew Garden’s 25th Orchid Festival. Themed on the country of Indonesia, the dazzling displays were inspired by Indonesia’s wildlife and plant diversity.

Thank you to Kew for having us!

Collage by Arts Network Member
Royal Academy: Picasso & Paper

Recently we took part in a Picasso & Paper Workshop at the Royal Academy. Whilst there we were able to take part in a workshop where we created our own Picassoesque pieces with collage. 

Thanks to the Royal Academy for having us! 

View of The Millennium Dome by Aaron Pilgrim
A.W.J Pilgrim Exhibition

The work of artist, writer and Arts Network member A.W.J Pilgirm is currently on display in the the Arts Network galley. ⁣

Here’s a detail from his piece ‘Millenium Dome Docklands’. Don’t forget to attend the private view on the 7th of February from 18:00-19:30 to catch this beautiful exhibition. ⁣

If you can’t make the private view our galley is open to the public on Wednesdays from 17:00-19:00 and on Fridays from 10:00-16:00. ⁣