Being Creative is Good for You!

This week, Outside In’s Artist Coordinator Hannah Whitlock has written about the opening event of ‘Being Creative is Good for You!’ an Outside In exhibition in collaboration with The Wellbeing Gallery as part of Brighton’s Artists Open Houses. The exhibition continues throughout the first four weekends in May.

The evening of Friday 1 May saw the private view of ‘Being Creative is Good For You!’, an exhibition which is a part of Brighton’s Artists Open Houses and taking place at The Wellbeing Gallery at the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre. Four artists are featured in this show; all of whom create thought provoking textile focused.

Aradne, Aureola 3

Aradne, Aureola 3

The exhibition aims to highlight how these four artists – Aradne, Annika Malmqvist, Anthony Stevens and Valerie Potter – have discovered their own personal fabric-based techniques to channel their creativity and improve their wellbeing.

Artists Aradne and Anthony Stevens attended the private view with lots of people asking questions about their work and their creative process. It was a chance for the public to give their feedback about the show directly to the artists – all of which was extremely positive! The opening night was busy with a moving speech by Doctor Laura, a GP at the Centre. Doctor Laura spoke about patients waiting for their appointment surrounded by art that inspires a smile, and how this has a knock on effect on helping people cope better with stress. She shared her passion about this being implemented in all health care settings.

The Outside In shop at The Wellbeing Gallery

The Outside In shop at The Wellbeing Gallery

The exhibition is accompanied by an Outside In shop, with cards, badges, postcards, and even a colouring book created by Outside In artists. Additionally, there is a series of accompanying creative events facilitated by artists exhibiting within the show.

Accompanying events

A Different View
a creative workshop at The Wellbeing Gallery as part of Being Creative is Good for You!
Sunday 17 May, 12.30pm – 3pm


Led by exhibiting artist Anthony Stevens, this creative workshop will introduce the idea of re-framing personal narratives using art and collage. Look for the hidden potential in the materials provided and use them to make something unique and beautiful. Throughout the process, be mindful of the skills you are utilising and if comfortable, discuss them with the rest of the group at the end of the session. Could these same skills be applied to other areas of your life? This will be a relaxed, safe and comfortable environment, and you will be encouraged to think about the creative process and how you might use similar methods in problematic areas of your life.

Anthony Stevens, Culture Vulture

Anthony Stevens, Culture Vulture

Machine Embroidery Taster
a creative workshop at The Wellbeing Gallery as part of Being Creative is Good for You!
Sunday 10 May, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
Sunday 24 May, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm (each one-to-one slot is 40 minutes)


Each one to one session will last for forty minutes and will be run by exhibiting artist Aradne. The sessions are an opportunity for beginners or those with little experience of machine embroidery to learn a bit about the process. The sessions will start with an introduction and a demonstration from Aradne which will be followed by the chance for participants to make their own machine embroidered piece on dissolvable fabric. You can either take the finished piece away with you, or add it to the Wishing Chair. All materials will be provided.

To book on to either of the events, please email:

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