Coloured tissue paper experiments.

Art For Wellbeing

ArtatWork is a not for profit Community Interest Company who offer arts activities as a means of promoting wellbeing. We encourage people to rediscover their creativity, in a fun and collaborative way, thus increasing good mental health.

At ArtatWork, we believe that everyone has the potential to be creative (and we haven’t been proved wrong yet!). We create fun and relaxing art sessions with a focus on improving mental health and wellbeing, to a wide range of sectors, including private businesses, charities, community groups, councils and festivals.

We design all our sessions to meet the needs of the participants. They may include costume-making, painting, printing, environmental arts, puppetry and sculpture.

Founders Holly and Melanie have degrees in Arts and Wellbeing and a wide range of experience of using the arts with different groups, including those with learning difficulties, mental health and drug and alcohol issues, with dementia, company employees and with young people.

We also offer training in using the arts to promote wellbeing and can deliver Discover, Explore Silver and Bronze Arts Awards to young people under the age of 25.


I love seeing how the arts bring out the best in people.

Holly has a Fda in Arts and Wellbeing (2008) and a BA in Visual Studies (2010).

Past work experience includes:

  • Director and Facilitator at ArtatWork CIC (2017 to date)
  • Art Barn Manager/Artist Facilitator at Barrington Farm Arts Centre a day service centre for adults with learning difficulties (2010-2018)
  • Leading an Arts on Prescription project in collaboration with Sweet Arts and The NHS Wellbeing Service (2014-2015)
  • Running ‘Fashion Wonderland’ and other arts and textiles workshops at Latitude and other festivals for children and young people (2009 to date)
  • Refugee and Asylum Seeker Project Coordinator at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (2015-2016)
  • Recovery Through Art Project Coordinator for Keystone Development Trust working with adults with substance misuse and mental health issues (2014-2017)
Holly Sandiford, Art at Work.
Melanie Tilford of Art at Work.


I really enjoy working with people and seeing how art helps them to flourish.

Melanie has a Fda in Arts and Wellbeing (2008) and a BA in Visual Studies (2010).

Past work experience includes:

  • Sweet Arts 2008 – 2016. Delivered art and wellbeing workshops to marginalised women, mainly with mental ill-health, substance misuse and victims of domestic abuse for Sweet Arts.
  • Creative Co-ordinator and Facilitator – Sweet Arts. Designed, developed and delivered many creative workshops, projects and an employability scheme where clients up-cycled pre-owned textiles then sold them online and at craft events.
  • Organised and worked in craft, textile and fashion workshops for children & families at Glastonbury Music Festival, also for teenagers at Latitude.
  • Designing, making and installing stage décor for local East Anglian festivals, and costumes for theatre groups.