Imagine is a therapeutic arts project
“Imagine is the perfect name for me as prior to my experience at Imagine, I could not have imagined having anything to do with art and the idea of submitting something to an exhibition was absolutely unimaginable. The experience of being supported to play and experiment with art materials in the nurturing, spacious and quite magical studio has continued to lead me through from stuckness and self-criticism to surprise and delight.” Sheila MC.D.
Right in the heart of Stroud mill heritage, between the canal and the river, Imagine Therapeutic Arts has developed further as a community project within the premises of Fromehall Mill.
It is thanks to the support we have received from the Association for the Promotion of Artistic Therapy, together with private donors, that this new step has been made possible.
Imagine offers a safe space where creativity can be used as a powerful tool for furthering self-awareness and change. Since 2009 we continue to offer an accessible and supportive studio space in which members can explore and develop their creativity in the community-based practice.
Basic art materials (watercolours, oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, clay and many others) are provided and no previous artistic experience is required to join the studio and enjoy any of our sessions:
•Studio Practice Sessions (SPS) (see the link for further details)
Monday and Tuesday, 2-5pm, and one Saturday a month, 11am-5pm
•Theme-based Groups (see the link for further details)
Tuesday morning, 10am-12.30pm
Wednesday morning, 9.30am-12.30pm
Wednesday evening, 7-9pm
•Art Club for children and young people (see the link for further details)
Thursday afternoon, 11am-12.30pm, or Thursday afternoon, 4.15-5.45pm
•Workshops (see the link for further details)
See the link for our current programme
Please, contact us for further details
•Coffee Morning & Art Session (see the link for further details)
Friday 10.00-10.30am and 10.30am-12noon
The studio is currently run by Hisako Simon and Laura Ridolfi
Hisako Simon Through my Anthroposophic training in sculpture and art therapy, I realised that engaging in artistic processes was a way towards encountering our own inner selves. On my journey I found that similar forms kept appearing which revealed aspects of my being, and I believe when we meet them with a sincere heart they open new dimensions to who we really are.
Laura Ridolfi I feel that our creativity helps us to deal with the unexpected, to find meaning in our lives and the inner resources to change and grow. Trained in Anthroposophic Art Therapy, my approach embraces the physical as well as the soul and spiritual aspects of our well-being in relationship to the world arounds us. I see life as a journey, where the outer and the inner path interweave; art helps me to enjoy this journey: mindful in the process, I leave the destination open to the imagination.
Please, click below to download our current brochure, or enquire for further details.
Supporting our work
Imagine Therapeutic Arts is a Limited Liability Partnership, ‘not-for-profit’. The income we generate is used to cover the running costs of the studio (rent, art materials, publicity, refreshments, etc.), while most of the work is done on a voluntary basis. Over the years, part of the money we have received as gift has been used to create Imagine’s Bursary Fund, to support the attendance of people who have limited financial resources. For this reason, any ‘one-off’ or ‘regular’ donation makes a tremendous difference to us.
Bank transfers to: Unity Trust Bank Sort code: 60-83-01
Account number: 20232861
Account name: Imagine Therapeutic Arts
Cheques payable (and posted) to:Imagine Therapeutic Arts
Block 2, Unit 2, Fromehall Mill Lodgemore Lane, Stroud GL5 3EH
Or, please call for more information: 01453 767059.
Imagine Community Studios are also available to hire, please enquire for details of times/costs: 07955 556478 firstname.lastname@example.org
In case of financial hardship, Imagine Bursary Fund or individual grants (within certain criteria) are available. Please, enquire for further information:
email@example.com – 01453 767059 / 07762 704738
c/o Unit 2, Block 2, Fromehall Mill – Lodgemore Lane, Stroud GL5 3EH