Welsh textile artist Karen Teal and atmospheric painter Caroline Borland has hosted an arts for health and wellbeing session at the Harbour Arts Centre. 

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the collage-making session was open to everyone and catered for absolute beginners to those more experienced.

It provided a chance for everyone to take some time out to learn and experience something new and creative in a supportive, inspiring and fun environment.

From using screws and buttons to wool, thread, inks, jelly-plates and rollers, the group learned how to recycle common household materials and natural curiosities found on walks around North Ayrshire to achieve a host of surprising print-making and collage techniques.

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The session also taught the group everyday mindfulness tips such as breathing techniques and demonstrated how spending time creating art can have a noticeable and positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health champion, Councillor Jean McClung said: “Thank you to Carol and Karen for running such a worthwhile art and wellbeing session.

“This is just one of the many examples of the Council’s approach in raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing and providing opportunities and support to our communities.

“In addition, these sessions recognise the benefits that the arts can bring to health and wellbeing. Well done to everyone who took part, the work is superb.”

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For more sessions like this, go to https://thehac.co.uk/events.