THE SHIFT PROJECT - Art transforms

12-18th October 2019 | St Laurence Church, Stroud, GL5 1AP

a week filled with TRANS-FORMATIVE movement, art & music to shift your perspective and mood.

arts to support well-being and improve mental health.

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‘Shift’ Installation (as exhibited at Gloucester Cathedral ) will be shown from 12-18th October 2019, open daily from 9:00 - 21:00.

The installation will act as a backdrop & set the scene for outreach projects, participatory workshops based on the arts & well-being & high quality collaborative performances in music, dance & contemporary art.

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Live music & sound installations

Ambient sound, hang pan, sound baths, acoustic guitar, folk music, sound healing.

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dance performances & workshops

5 rhythms, contemporary dance, dance installations, Afro - Brazilian Capoeria, aerial & circus arts.

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well-being workshops

Inspired by yoga, mindfulness, Qigong, Tai Chi, martial arts, dance, meditation, therapeutic arts

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Art workshops

Creative drawing, sculpture, body printing, illustration, combined arts & movement, mindful photography, zen art from Japan.

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listen to inspiring stories on creativity & mental health

The story behind SHIFT, creativity & mindfulness, living with an invisible illness, mental health stories from Gloucester, poetry reading from Maria Stadnicki, Mel Cross author of ‘Is being.’

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Milly Banks, contributing artist…

…to the SHIFT programme and art exhibition, is an established mixed media artist who explores the expression of invisible illness, through various art forms. Using art as therapy for her mental health and own struggle with invisible illness. Milly will be giving a talk about her nationally publicised campaign and on her experience of how expression through art, can support mental health and shift our perspective towards self help. Milly has exhibited her campaign in The Mall Galleries in London & throughout Gloucestershire.

Please go to WWW.MILLYBANKSART.COM to learn more about her Invisible Illness Campaign.

We found your work very dynamic & energising in a way we had not envisaged before... the sense of our embodiment being inherently life-giving and life-affirming - and potentially healing - is the gift we took away from your exhibition... your art has a great capacity to positively communicate to a diverse audience.
— Simon & Ruth

outreach projects:

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Specific workshops for youth groups & charities

We are working with ‘All Pulling Together’ to give young people and adults suffering with mental health problems or from disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to watch and participate in high quality arts and well-being workshops & performances.

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200 primary & secondary school students

will do their ‘discover’ Arts Award with Robin Watkins - Davis, Mel Cross & Imogen Harvey Lewis. Thanks to funding by the Diocese of Gloucester these students can receive high quality art, movement and well-being workshops as part of the SHIFT Projects program Workshop themes of body confidence and self esteem. 5 Primary Schools & 3 Secondary Schools from Gloucestershire, the majority of the students are on free school meals, where access to the arts has been little/no existent.

Help the SHIFT Project raise money to offer this for free >>

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@ St Laurence Church, Stroud GL5 1AP

St Laurence is set in the rolling hills of the cotswolds and stroud and slad valley, there is parking next to the church and easy access to the farmers market and town centre. St Laurence welcomes people of all faiths, or no faiths, backgrounds, sexuality and ages to come together and enjoy the beautiful building and the SHIFT Program. Everybody is welcome.


Thank-you to the following organisations and charities for partnering or supporting this project:

  • SGS College

  • Create Gloucestershire

  • Strike a Light

  • VRC Publishing and Curating

  • CORE Lighting

  • Barnwood Trust (funding)

  • Diocese of Gloucester (funding)

  • Stroud Sacred Music Festival

  • Arts Award

  • School of Larks

  • ACP

  • Stroud Visual Arts (SVA)

  • Bliss by Robin

  • Stroud Yoga Space

  • Look Again

  • Fair Shares

  • Gloucester Gateway Trust & All Pulling Together

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The SHIFT project poster