The ‘Now We’re Talking with Art’ campaign combines art, exercise and mental health whilst providing activities to keep your mind healthy along the way! If you need a little extra support we have that too!
Brought to you by Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, in partnership with Hereford BID and Artists Clubhouse.
The Hereford Art Trail map is now available to download and print. Don't forget to scan the QR code on the map to download an interactive map and discover all the amazing locations on this trail.
A limited number of hard copies will be available in Hereford's Tourist Information Centre from 1st September 2021.
You can do the trail on your own, with friends or family (within the Government’s COVID rules).
Use the #NWT4Art to share your pictures on the trail.
Share photos as you explore the Now We’re Talking with Art trail in Hereford for the chance to win a £25 Hereford Gift Card!
Connecting with others is important for mental wellbeing so we would love for you to share your experience of the Now We’re Talking with Art trail with us to connect with other trail users and spread the word about the great art and locations you discover.
All you need to do is leave a comment on Facebook or Instagram with a photo from your trail explorations to be in with a chance of winning a £25 gift card to spend in Hereford, courtesy of @HerefordCityLife. We will select a winner at random from eligible entries on Facebook and Instagram on 5th October 2021.
Don’t forget, you can learn more about the trail by using the LoyalFree app to discover each location and the message behind the artwork displayed.
I am a photographer, yoga teacher and artist based in Gloucester.
They say when the sunflowers can’t find the sunshine, they turn to face each other this makes me smile so much and I feel this a beautiful reminder that its ok to turn to others if we need some extra light sometimes. And that’s where I got the inspiration from to draw the facing sunflowers as a sufferer of mental health issues myself sunflowers make me happy and also remind me of my inner light.
These two paintings are based on the art of tarot cards, they represent that the future in unknown and positive things are just around the corner.
In my spare time I love to create and have taught myself many crafts from knitting and quilting to drawing and making jewellery out of clay, I sell a few pieces through my instagram page but mainly do it for fun. I find happiness and comfort in the process of making and would encourage everyone to have a go.
Shadow art created by students at National Star college in Hereford. The chairty, based in Hereford, offers an innovative and creative learning environment for day students with physical or learning disabilities aged 16 years and over."
For children’s mental health week earlier this year Strong Young Minds teamed up with young people across Herefordshire to create an art exibit celebrating self expression. These are some of the submissions.
In the latter part of 2020 Marches Counselling Service hosted an art competition, "A New Normal?" inviting people to reflect creatively on their experience of the pandemic. The images you see are art works submitted as competition entries by the people of Herefordshire
Art making has many benefits, it can help us to regulate our emotions, to express ourselves and to process challenging life events.
MCS is committed to helping people through counselling & psychotherapy, including art therapy. If you are interested in finding out more then do contact us: Email: email@example.com Phone: 01432 279906
The Green Man, the ancient guardian of the forest and a symbol of rebirth and growth. This piece was inspired from going on walks with my children. We would admire how nature was constantly changing with the seasons. Being outside amongst the trees would be a sensory experience, we could touch, see, hear and smell nature, it would be a calming experience for us all. This piece is adorned with beautiful smelling eucalyptus to truly capture the essence of nature. A fully Earth conscious piece of Art to remind us that nature and time spent outdoors is healing for our mental, physical and spiritual health. Quote from John Muir the founder of National Parks "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks".
I have immense love and respect for Mother Nature. That’s why I love macrame so much, it’s a natural art, it looks beautiful, is so versatile and has low impact on the earth. For my wall hangings, I almost always use natural hand foraged wood found on my walks with the children, they add another element of individuality to each piece. Where I feel appropriate, I try to add a natural element such a dried flowers, greenery or crystals to wall hangings. I love how the finishing touches to a hanging can make all the difference.
I strive to be as low waste and plastic free as possible, all my packaging materials are 100% recyclable. Wherever possible I’ll buy recycled cotton cord/string from a variety of UK sellers. I particularly like buying from small independents who supply cord that’s been made in the UK.
In order to draw the landscape the artist must be absorbed by its beauty and lost in its wilderness. I come here to draw and settle my thoughts in times of stress.
I am a fine artist living and working in Worcester. My practice is based on the everyday and in particular human interaction with nature. I exhibit my work both locally and nationally and I also facilitate art classes that seek to bring out the creativity in my students.
Brockhampton Woods stretches across the top of Bromyard Downs in Herefordshire. I attended the primary school here many years ago and visiting takes me back to the happiness of my childhood. As an artist I have drawn the outlook from many different viewpoints and I came across this particular one earlier this year. It is looking towards the Abberley Clock Tower and Clifton on Teme, with Ankerdine Hill on the right. The stems of cow parsley, taller than myself, reminded me of the transience of time in the midst of the ancient landscape. My paintings and drawings are portraits of places, people and things that occupy my life. I endeavour to capture their individual characters thus giving them a life of their own.
Both drawing and visiting this landscape brings peace to my mind during times of stress that cannot be eased by physical actions.
The inspiration for this piece was the phrase ‘grow through what you go through’. It’s sometimes easier said than done but so far in your life everything up to now has lead you to where you are today. There is always a brighter day ahead and something to be thankful for even if it doesn’t feel like that at the time. You will bloom again!
I’ve always been a very busy person going to lots of performing arts, live music and events so found the last year tough having a complete change in routine while also being quite isolated from friends and family. Painting, drawing and joining amateur art groups online was something creative that gave me a distraction and kept me focused on moving forward. I hadn’t done art since school but have fallen in love with it again and it helps me switch off. On top of that I am lucky enough to have a garden where I could spend some time outside, planting flowers, growing veg and watching them all grow. I thought this image brought together two things that definitely helped my mental health during lockdown. I hope you find ways to look after yourself too.
Community helps us to share problems and find ways new to progress together. There are times in life when we hit a brick wall or insurmountable blockade that we simply could not overcome alone. A single act of kindness/sacrifice from one can have positive and dramatic effects on many others, often resulting in wonderful stories and unexpected friendships.
SidXO (@sidxoart) is the resident artist at Broad Oak Studios Colwall @broadoakstudioscolwall. With an emphasis on bright colour and simple form, SidXO describes the world around us through stunning oak carvings, satirical pop art and one-line drawings.
When you feel that life is too tough to handle, self-care and making sure to take time out are so important. Be soft and kind to yourself, hide a while if you need too, recharge your mind and body until you are ready to get back out there and live. The tired little fairy is doing just this, resting somewhere warm and safe (with her friend the fox), soon she will be able to flutter off to new adventures!
Natacha is a French artist who specialises in depicting the ethereal and the whimsical. From a very young age Natacha has always had a vivid imagination, using daydream as antidote to the mundanity of daily life (which sometimes landed her in trouble at school). Inspired by nature, books (she always was and still is an avid reader) and the arts in all their forms, her work is an exploration of the space which exists between the seen and the unseen. Her art is dreamlike and colourful: she uses it to tell stories and also as a form of escapism. She works predominantly in watercolour as she enjoys the unpredictability of the medium and the ‘happy accidents’ which it can create. Natacha lives in the UK countryside with her partner Andy, their two young children and her studio companion, Sybil the cat.
As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, I have always been interested in different ways to express those feelings through art. The idea of the piece grew when I started to research about creating new pathways in the brain to help ones self cope with anxiety and depression. My take on the research is that it is incredibly hard to create new pathways within your brain, but you can change in time. It takes time and care much like a seed of a tree or of a plant. I view seeds as the beginning of a new pathway that root and bloom into mighty oaks or beautiful, vibrant flowers.
We can always rebuild ourselves. We can always plant those new seeds and build those new pathways. We can trim the bad to make room for the good. We have resources to help us. No one is ever alone in their brain or their garden.
Can you complete the puzzle? Find the 9 jigsaw pieces dotted around the Old Market outdoor areas. Once you find each piece you will need to draw it on the template to complete the image. Download the template here: www.healthyminds.whct.nhs.uk/hereford or collect a printed copy at the Toursit Information Centre, Town Hall, St Owen’s St. Don’t forget to share your finished puzzles by using the #NWT4art on instagram and Facebook.
Ross Parsons is a Shropshire based amateur photographer. Ross had been affected by the sudden death of his father which was then followed by the outbreak of the Corona Virus and subsequent lockdowns. As a way to heal his grief and express the extreme of emotions felt from these life changing incidents, he immersed himself in his love of photography.
With the whole country in lockdown he discovered a newfound appreciation of the Shropshire countryside. In this photo, entitled “New Beginnings”, Ross portrays the serenity, calm and hope of that each new day can bring. Along with Ross’ love of landscape photography he is also a keen Nature and Street Photographer. See more of his photos over on his website, www.rossparsonsphotography.com and follow him on Instagram @ross_photojourney
“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly." I'm sharing a photo of a newly emerged Comma butterfly resting on the pebbles edge of the river bank.
To me, it means not to give up, to hold on to hope that better days will come, that things will turn around and get better...
My artwork is a photo of a newly emerged Comma butterfly resting on the pebbles edge of the river bank. I've always found nature and wildlife to be very soothing, being amongst it all, with the peace and tranquility it brings. It's good for the soul. I love to stop and smell the flowers, to relax; to take time out of one's busy schedule to enjoy or appreciate the beauty of life. I also love to capture the moment so I can continue to appreciate it. It's been a part of me for as long as I can remember.
Different people find joy in different things. For me there is constant inspiration in sunlight and nature; I feel hope as the sun casts its first rays through my window, calm as it pools in the shadows and excitement as it glances across the landscape. This painting tries to capture the fortitude I gain as it bursts through trees in the woods where I like to walk.
As a working Mum I don’t have time to do large, complex paintings, but I have found that it is possible to draw (even if it’s just a tiny sketch), every day. My usual subjects are sunlight, nature and family life. I have never managed to practice mindfulness, I find it too hard to sit still, but drawing and painting seem to be a good alternative and it has been especially helpful during the pandemic.
I have an MA in Fine Art, another in Electronic Arts and will be starting a one year art correspondence course with Turps Banana in October. I recently exhibited in Warwickshire Open Studios and will be showing my work again in a number of pop up exhibitions this year.
Broadway tower, Worcestershire. This is one of many spots I love to hang out because the views are stunning and it gives you a calming vibe. I could sit here for hours listening to the birds and if you’re lucky get a glimpse of the deer.
A calm spring day for a duck swimming on the canal.
This particular photo was captured in February 2021 on a local walk with my family, I love the reflection of the male mallard duck on the water and how calming the ripples in the water are. I often sit and watch the ducks and reflect on how they relate to our lives, they look so graceful on top of the water and underneath their little feet are working so hard, it just shows that what you see may not be the true reflection of how people feel or how hard they are working to keep their head above water.
And a little about my background.. I started my photography page as a hobby back in 2019 prior to lockdown, and it enabled me to go and visit new places with my family to explore. During lockdown, we used our daily exercise wisely and made sure we were capturing the best moments of local nature. I enjoy sharing my photography with others and have created my own Instagram page @jakeworleyphotography.
Men can carry heavy burdens on their shoulders but must know support is available to help pull through dark times.
If you can’t walk to the hills, we will bring the mountains. If the green fades away, we’ll put it in front of you, huge. If you don’t visit the jungle, your feet will guide you to it. If you don’t see the signs, they will glow.
Diego Sainz Garcia.46 years old. Born in Spain. In La Rioja, where the red wine is produced and enjoyed. 2 years and a half in England. 2 years and a half in Hereford. Vet. Cows and calves. Father and husband. Painting since I was a child. Non stop. Artist. Canvas, papers and brushes.
Art has always been a sanctuary for me, a way to process my mental clutter and find a little peace in a hectic world. It has been my private hope for some time that the sculpture I make could offer this respite to others.
When I was contacted by 'NHS Now we’re talking with Art' it seemed like the opportunity I had been waiting for. One of the suggested themes for the project, 'Storms don't last forever' had a great personal resonance and dovetailed perfectly with a piece I was working on at the time. 'Lighthouse' is a windblown figure merged with an abstract sea stack form. For me, the figure is enduring a storm. He has climbed to a vantage point and is waiting for something. He is merged with the ground on which he stands suggesting determination to endure the onslaught. His coat, whipped by the wind, emphasizes the severity of the storm but also suggests protection. He may be looking for the lighthouse or he may be the lighthouse, I invite you to find your own interpretation. Either way there is hope. Storms don’t last forever.
A print looking at the uncertainty and challenges of mental health in the form of a surreal sea that is rough and everchanging.
As two brothers move forwards out of the darkness, a faint door emerges of of the shadows. The future is not defined until you choose your path. Are you going to carry the burden of the past with you or are you going to choose to leave it behind?
This piece has a waveform embedded into it, which states 'Do Not Let Your Past Define Your Future' The brothers represent how family and friends can support each other through the unbreakable bond of love. The 'canvas' is actually a resin and ash panel. The ash represents the burning of bad memories and moving on.
Mulzee is a private person and wishes to remain anonymous. His work is a fusion of graffiti and traditional paining techniques. His subject matters are a blend of hope and decay.
The first image represents the fog, becoming darker as a difficult experience. The second image represents time moving along, blue sky can be seen again and the gold moments of healing as the dark recedes.
The boat is navigating its way through the storm, reflecting an individual’s journey with depression. Sun rays are always present, even among darkness, giving light and hope. Titled ‘Journey Through the Storm’, the work is personal to me, resonating with my own experience with depression and anxiety.
The piece is hand woven on a loom using yarn and warp, incorporating weaving techniques including tabby weaving, rya knots, and embroidery details. The wall hanging is secured to a piece of driftwood sourced from a favourite beach.
I am self-taught and inspired by nature, memories, and the work of other artists. I enjoy experimenting with different art forms, from acrylic cup pour to portrait illustrations, sketching to textile works. I am increasingly drawn to nautical themes, echoing my childhood and connection to Cornwall. Please do find me on Instagram under hannahbakowiczart or www.etsy.co.uk/shop/HannahBakowiczArt
As a surface designer I design prints for all kinds of surfaces from paper to fabric but painting flowers is always my theme. I love everything about flowers, how they fill our lives with so much colour, feed our bees and give us medical benefits! For a long time I have suffered with anxiety and feel spending time in my garden amongst the flowers is the best way to relax and distract my mind.
Most of my pieces are made using watercolours but I have recently started to use acrylics too as they give a greater depth of colour. This piece reflects that through every dark time we can all grow from whatever we face and we’re not alone. We thank our NHS staff for all they have done and continue to do in allowing us all to bloom and grow again.
I have been obsessed by hearts and stars for as long as I can remember. You will find these in abundance within both my digital art and my paintings. I think you could say that I am obsessed with love. I love painting art that has a meaning, a small subliminal message, art that symbolises both love and hope. I painted this rainbow initially for my little boy’s bedroom, long before they became a national symbol of love and thanks for our wonderful NHS heroes during the pandemic. During the lock down, I tried to focus my anxiety and fears on creating art and I painted hundreds of little rainbows and sent them to our NHS workers, something to say thank you from me but also a little sign of hope to them that things will get better and there are brighter days ahead. So, this scan of my rainbow painting combines a message of love, hope and solidarity, that together we can weather any storm. I hope the bright beautiful colours make you smile.
The concept of home is one we can all share in, whether via the personal or the communal seeing. The pen drawing on display, part of the Palimpsest series, is focused on establishing a sense of calm and reflection within an ever-changing environment; looking to engage the audience in a dialogue centred on the value of togetherness and home through a city’s architecture. Through redevelopment many towns and cities remain in a constant state of flux, with their integrity and character continuously redefined. This can often leave residents feeling left behind through the deconstruction of areas of valuable personal and communal significance.
By detailing the buildings that remain part of the city’s cultural identity it enables a cross culture and genera(on dialogue to be created, allowing for people of all backgrounds and ages to connect through shared experiences of a local landmark. The capacity to bring people together has never been so pressing than it currently is and there are few things that can do so with such intrinsic warmth than the sense of belonging within one’s own city and their own home.
My piece for the NHS Art Trail Hereford has the title 'The storm has passed'...inspired by the quote from Captain Sir Tom Moore. 'Tomorrow will be a good day' sprang to my mind immediately as I embarked on creating this painting. The pandemic has been an unprecedented time in all our lives bringing a mix of reflection, grief, anxiety, loss and stress.
Through my painting I wanted to portray that these Storms don't last forever, the storm shall pass with the dark skyline and the contrast in the foreground with beautiful bright textured flowers. My emphasis is to bring hope, reassurance and a reminder through Art that there is a brighter side on the horizon. 'The storm has passed'
I'm Beverley Ismail a landscape artist based at my home in Worcester. Specialising in original paintings using both watercolour and acrylics with an emphasis on colour. 'To brighten your living space with beautiful art reminders of nature, landscape and the ocean'.
I have recently began taking commission work with information and shop gallery now on my website. www.beverleyismailartist.com
Hand stitching is a meditative, though6ul process that allows one to slow down from our busy lives and reflect calmly on one’s everyday thoughts. As a textile artist and ‘repurposer’ of fabrics I use hand stitching in my practice as it allows me to connect intimately with my materials and reflect on the stories they hold. In today’s current climate we have been faced with difficult times not seeing friends or family, or not being able to go to community events. Even when allowed out our smiles have been hidden behind masks. Hand stitching helped me through and is still helping me with my well being so I stitched a big smile!
My idea was to simply hand stitch a large smile sculpture using repurposed fabrics, roughly A3 in size that would be suspended in a window. I would like to invite people to get involved by hand stitching their own smiles. It can be as simple as using running stitch or back stitch to stitch something that makes them smile onto a downloadable smile template which can be used, and the finished pieces can then be posted to or dropped off to;
C/o. Rose Tinted Rags,
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Cheryl Hewitt is a contemporary textile artist. Born and raised in Herefordshire her creative practice investigates the experiences of the everyday and the lived environment. Inspired by trace, memory, and identity she engages with her surroundings by walking and spending (me exploring the hinterlands of rural and urban spaces. Her work continuously considers the essence of human interaction with place, memory, and object. Recently, her attention has focused upon childhood experience and repair. Using repurposed and reclaimed materials her textile pieces tell stories of forgotten times.
My Name is Noodles, a shortened version of one of the many nicknames my father fondly gave me as a child. I was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, in the early seventies and have drawn as a hobby since I was a youngster - it was my preferred pastime along with listening to music and I have lost countless hours doodling away ever since.
I am a self-taught artist, only taking art at school until I chose my GCSEs; a bribe of £10 was offered to me to take French instead and with my pockets lined, the door to my creative path was slammed shut! I got an F in French if you're interested, I was never going to do well in it - I was determined not to because it just was not art. Having worked with young people in a variety of different settings throughout my working life, I have employed my creativity by engaging with and entertaining young adults and children with the aim to inspire, create and achieve in whatever creative medium they so choose; contrary to them ghastly French lessons.
It was when my son went to university that I really started to pick up drawing again, an attempt to fill the void of an empty nest! Add a failed business venture to the mix and the fact that I was suffering from horrendous sickness, stress, and migraines that were so painful, I ended up in bed for weeks at a time, making for a world of despair and anxiety I had not known before. Prior to this, I considered myself to be a very strong and resolute person but at this point in time, I was suffocating. I found that the only thing that helped me make sense of the world was drawing, and that in some way it calmed me down and grounded me. Whilst experimenting with ink markers and fine liners my style began to evolve, and I started to fall in love with the medium that I am so familiar with today.
I create my art by drawing inspiration up from my subconscious - usually it relates to a feeling, thought or experience and I see where my mind and hand take me. I tend to listen to a lot of music during the process as it helps me to create freely and with flow. I also take inspiration from my love of nature, trees and wood and they very often feature heavily in my work! Most of all, I draw because I love to create, I love the element of surprise that arises during the process, and I can take all my frustration out with a pen and some paper. I also have fun and think there is an element of my humorous side in almost all of my work. Art is definitely my therapy, and it has helped me through some of my darkest and brightest days – I hope it can do the same for you.
Painting is where my heart is. Colour and expressive mark making are signature to my style. Based in my garden studio at my Worcester home, it is a wonderful creative environment which provides space and light for my painting to develop.
My painting techniques are underpinned with a long-standing knowledge of screen printing; both paint and print are an influence in my current approach to my work. I use a calm but immediate approach; there is a strong emphasis on combining balanced abstract shapes, energetic brush marks and layered textures to create a piece of work that can be placed in any environment.
Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improves relationships, aids recovery and take the sigma out of something that affects us all. Mental Health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it but we can change that. There are lots of different ways to have the conversation about mental health and you don’t have to be an expert to talk. "
A few years ago, I overcame a debilitating mental and physical illness called Fibromyalgia, a form of chronic fatigue syndrome. The key to my recovery was in realising I’d become an expert - a genius, even – at thinking negatively. I decided if I could become a genius at that, I could become a genius at positivity instead.
Matt Chinn is a visual artist and designer based in Coventry, West Midlands. His bold, abstract style combines geometric shape with vivid colours to fuel the imagination and ignite positivity. He is currently adapting his practice to public art, with the aim of transforming ordinary public spaces into uniquely vibrant experiences.