The Centre for Better Health is a community-based charity that supports well-being and recovery from mental ill-health.
Bernie Joy: "I went to art school at the age of sixteen for seven years.
In the 60's I played the trumpet in a local jazz band and in the 70's, piano in a rock band, but I rarely thought of myself as a musician or as an artist.
I taught art until 1983 and in 1986 moved to the French countryside for 9 years where I started painting again and was at first greatly influenced by the natural surroundings and countryside.
Returning to London in the 90's I began to train as a psychotherapist and after qualifying I taught psychotherapy and started a private practice.
Four years ago I started to paint again as a challenge - as therapy. Also, I find it to be a useful complement to my work with clients.
Painting for me is not a pleasure this time round, it’s more like a battle where small supposed victories encourage me to press on rather than sign a truce with ‘complacency’. Hopefully the final image is a surprise to me, something that feels little to do with me, perhaps an account of the battle, or my dispatches from the front line."
Private view Friday 15th September, 5pm - 9pm.
Gallery opening time:
Mon: 12pm - 5pm
Tue: 3pm - 6pm
Wed: 12pm - 6pm
Thurs: 11am - 6pm
Fri: 11am - 5pm
This course aims to explore clay as a material and introduce students to the main pottery techniques for hand-building: coiling, pinching, press moulding and slab-building and throwing. It will also cover simple surface decoration with slips, glazing and explain how work will be fired. Students will be encouraged to engage creatively and develop personal projects.
Every Monday for 10 weeks from 18th Sept - 27th Nov (23/10/17 Half Term)
Time: 10am - 12pm
Fee: £72/£20 concession (unemployment benefit)
Chair Yoga is a great way to make yoga accessible to people with different levels of physical abilities. The 8 week course will focus on breath awareness, yoga flows and relaxation. We will practice progressive muscle relaxation to release tension in your body and help to recover from pain and illness. The practice can be continued at home to increase the positive impact on your body and mind.
Every Thursday for 8 weeks from 21st Sept - 9th Nov
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am
Fee: £50/ £16 concession (unemployment benefit)