The Rubbish Art Project

The Beginning

The Rubbish Art Project is a Community Benefit Society (not for profit organisation). The aim of the project is to regenerate the town of Shepton Mallet, provide a nurturing hub and creative platform for the community, and give people opportunities to learn new skills and gain confidence. The building is a former HSBC bank on the high street. Since April 2018 we have been developing an inclusive space to support people's mental wellbeing. We have a range of workshops that take place in the bank and an ecletic mix of programming from open mic to theatre, spoken word and emerging new talent. All our workshops and events are affordable and aimed at unlocking peoples creativity and supporting mental health and well being. The project is run by members of the LGBTQ plus community, people with lived experience of physical and mental health, caring for loved ones until end of life and neurodiversity. As an organisation we truly believe that with the right support we can all overcome physical and mental barriers.

Our Mission

We believe that creativity is the key to better health and well being of a community. By providing an array of affordable workshops and courses our objective is to improve confidence levels , support well being and foster in inclusion in a fun and friendly way. We collaborate with local non for profit organisations to support their provision within the community, offering the creation and delivery of of bespoke courses for individual groups Some of the communities we work closely with include the LGBTQ, over 60's, carers, the isolated and disadvantaged, adults with learning differences. We work with our local GP services, Mendip Health Connectors, Heads Up, local primary and secondary schools, Make the Sunshine, Discovery, Shepton Mallet Town council, Mendip District Council, Somerset County Council, Mind, Positive People and many more.

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Local councils, communities and organisations we are working with to bring our projects to life.

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Creativity is Our Currency

The Rubbish Art Project, the Community Benefit Society at the Art Bank, has received funding from the following organisations: