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Research continues to show the benefits of artistic activities in improving mental health. Whether expert or beginner, artistic projects can be a source of calm, positivity and focus. Creating visual art, music or creative writing can help us process our experiences, and connect with our feelings and memories. Working together with others in a creative space helps to improve communication skills, share experiences, and build social networks – something which is becoming ever more important as we make efforts to stay connected during these challenging times.

Getting involved with arts can have powerful and lasting effects on health. It can help to protect against a range of mental health conditions, help manage mental ill health and support recovery

Dorien Eising
The Mental Health Foundation

Our Facilities

Islington Mind is proud to provide several creative spaces at our centres.
Creativity Centre at Isledon Road
Art Studio at Despard Road
Music Facilities
Art Room at Ashley Road

Our Programmes

Islington Mind provides a varied programme of creative activity programmes. These activities are currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will resume when the risk of infection has been safely reduced.

Visual Art and Crafts

Despard Road

  • Mosaic Art Group (Tues 11:00-1:00)
  • Facilitator-Led Art Group (Friday 10:30-4:00)
  • Art studio open to all (Thurs 10:00-4:00)

Isledon Road

  • Jewellery-Making (Mon 11:00-12:30)
  • Women-Only Art Space (Tues 10:00-4:00)
  • Facilitator-Led Art Group (Thurs 10:00-4:00)
  • Creativity Centre open to all (Mon and Fri 10:00-4:00, Weds 12:00-4:00)

Ashley Road

  • Art Attack (Outcome’s LGBTQ+ visual art facilities open to all members) (Tues 10:00-4:00)


Despard Road

  • Lambo Band Rehearsals (Tues 2:00-4:00)
  • User-facilitated band practice (Mon 2:00-3:00)
  • Music practice space for individuals (Tues and Thurs 10:00-12:00)
  • Private individual music tutoring (Fri – time slots available all day)

Isledon Road

  • Private music room access (Mon, Tues and Weds – time slots available all day)
  • Drop-In Music Therapy (Thurs 3:00-3:45)

Ashley Road

  • Outcome’s LGBTQ+ Singing Group (Tues 1:00-2:00)

Creative Writing

Ashley Road

  • Outcome’s LGBTQ+ Creative Writing group (Tues 11:00-1:00)

Our Virtual Creative Programmes

Since our centres have been temporarily closed due to recent lockdown measures, we have continued to provide a large selection of creative group activities, using Zoom software to connect service users and staff. Our virtual activities include:

  • Poetry & Short Stories group (Mon 12:00-12:30)
  • Art Appreciation Group (Mon 1:00-2:00)
  • Creative Writing Group (Weds 12:00-1:00)
  • Watercolour Painting Group – (To Be Confirmed – please register your interest with a member of staff)
  • Psychosis Therapy Project: Art Therapy Group (Mon 3:00-4:00)
  • Psychosis Therapy Project: Dance Movement (Weds 3:30-4:30)
  • Music Group (Fri 11:00-12:00)
  • Outcome: LGBTQ+ Freedom Art Session (Tues 11:00-12:00)
  • Outcome: LGBTQ+ Creative Writing Session (Weds 3:00-4:00)

Islington Mind is proud to present our forthcoming Creative Space Gallery, showcasing the artwork and writing produced by our talented service users.

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