September 2021

The Art Well at Project 229

The Art Well is an arts for health project facilitated at Project 229 in Kempston, Bedford. Our focus is Improving mental health and wellbeing through creativity.

Throughout the pandemic we have been supported by the Bedford & Luton Community Foundation and Kempston Charities grants to enable us to run groups both online and face to face. Kempston Charities have funded the equipment for local Kempston residents. We are extremely grateful for their support, without them we would not have been able to continue.

We are happy to announce the new funding from The National lottery Community Fund, commencing in September 2021 for the next three years. With this funding we will continue to support adults within the community.

The Art Well is a referral group. If you are interested in finding out more please use the website link below or the contact page on this site.

The Art Well Gallery

The Art Well – An Update

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The Art Well has now been running for 18 weeks, with over 30 referrals received, with 22 people attended or attending to date.

We have been able to offer four volunteering opportunities to people in the local community and two placements to students.

The Art Well is building on research that evidences the known health benefits of the therapeutic arts, which can lead to positive changes in mood, attitude, self-expression, interests, relation and stress reduction.

Our focus is on exploring and enjoying the arts process. It re-engages adults with the ability to play, which many may have lost or not engaged with recently, and provides a space for reflection.

The project is allowing us to reach more diverse groups in the Kempston and Bedford area, enabling individuals to be supported before they reach crisis point and allowing the sharing of experiences and lives. 

We are currently planning an open event in early April for funders, referrers and the wider public. Our aim is to seek further funding for the project to continue beyond the pilot in September 2020. 



When words are not enough…

The Art Well for BlogThe Art Well is a brand new initiative at Project 229, Kempston, Bedford. It is an arts for health studio group, a space where expressing through art is accessible for health and wellbeing.

The Art Well is currently a 12 month pilot project, starting in September 2019, funded by:

The National Lottery Community Fund

The Frank Branston Charitable Trust

The Kempston Charities

With support from project 229.

Adults with mental health or social isolation needs from Kempston or Bedford can be referred. Participants do not need a diagnosed condition.

For further information contact Marion at or