Year of Drawing

Year of Drawing is a year-long site specific drawing project to help increase access to the arts for people facing mental health challenges in Sussex and Hampshire. This will be done through public drawing events where people can come and enjoy taking part in art activities.

1 in 4 people each year will experience mental health problems and there is a growing body of evidence that shows participation in the arts can make a positive contribution to health and wellbeing.

Led by our trust charity Heads On, the project is part of Make Your Mark, Sussex Partnership's arts and health programme. The year-long project is supported by artists Annis Joslin, Jane Fordham and Jane Fox, who have been commissioned to deliver the programme alongside three Peer Arts Workers with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Funded by grants from Arts Council England, Chalk Cliff Trust, John Horniman’s Children’s Trust and Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, the project will cover Sussex Partnership’s Adult Mental Health Services in Sussex and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Sussex and Hampshire.

Year of Drawing is made up of three participatory elements: public drawing workshops at cultural venues, pop up studios in NHS mental health settings, and a series of drawing-based Recovery College courses. The project will conclude in two public exhibitions in Southampton City Art Gallery and the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, where individuals will share their stories of mental health to challenge stigma, whilst bringing the arts and mental health worlds together.

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To view a gallery of artwork which has been completed during the project, go to