Arts & wellbeing

We believe in the power of the arts and creativity to change people’s lives for the better. Whilst our venues are closed during social distancing measures, we’re pausing our Arts and Wellbeing programme of events and focusing on a new project, Art by Post, to connect to our community who are most isolated and without access to the internet.

Art by Post

Art by Post brings free poetry and visual arts activities to the people who are most isolated by the current social distancing measures. 

The activities are designed for older adults living with dementia and other chronic health conditions. 

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(B)old projects

Southbank Centre’s (B)old projects are creative arts projects for older people, and form the legacy of our 2018 (B)old festival of creative ageing, supported by the Baring Foundation.

(B)old Words and (B)old Moves are projects for people with a dementia diagnosis.

(B)old Words is a series of sessions in the National Poetry Library, led by a professional poet and staff from the library. Participants undertake creative writing activities and tasks to develop their own poetry. (B)old Words ran in 2018 with poets Nick Makoha and Rachel Long, and in 2019 with poet Antosh Wojcik.

(B)old Moves is a series of dance sessions led by professional dancers. The sessions lead participants through creative movement activities, and teach simple partner dances. As the participants gain confidence and skills in partner dancing they begin to join Southbank Centre’s monthly Tea Dances in The Clore Ballroom.

Contact Southbank Centre for more information and the dates of the next (B)old projects on 020 7921 0964.

Tea Dances

Everyone is welcome at our free Tea Dances, which take place at least once a month in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall. Come along and learn new styles, show off your favourite moves and meet new friends. There’s no need to bring a partner, no previous dancing experience is necessary and you don’t have to book – just put it in your calendar.

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Grounded EcoTherapy

The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, originally a partnership with the Eden Project, was built and continues to be maintained by Grounded EcoTherapy – a rehabilitation project for people who have experienced homelessness, addiction and mental health problems. Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden has helped these individuals turn their lives around, giving them a new focus, building their confidence and improving their wellbeing.

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