Milestones Trust

Supporting people creatively

Expressions arts programme

Carnival | Paintworks Event Space | Saturday 24 June – Tuesday 27 June 2017 | 10am - 4pm daily

Expressions is our annual arts festival that nurtures the creative talents of the people we work with. Everyone we support can get involved in creating a piece or two to display and the free exhibition is open to the public. It has all forms of art on show – from paintings to poetry and food to films so there is something for everyone to enjoy. The event helps those taking part to build confidence, improve wellbeing, learn new skills, make new friends, and gain invaluable access to the arts world.


As with previous exhibitions, ‘Carnival’ will showcase the culmination of months of hard work from a number of projects, including film to textiles and painting to pottery. It has been curated by art consultant Louise Copping, who is renowned for her love of bright colours and extravagance so expect a show that channels creativity and fun.

The atmosphere at the Carnival will be vibrant, fun and full of laughter, with activities such as watercolour painting, sculpture making and poetry performance, plus various workshops. There will be music throughout the weekend from local musicians, as well as delicious food, including vegetarian and vegan options. ‘Carnival’ is a free event open to the public with accessible features including a fully accessible changing room and Mobiloo on site.


Here’s a taster of what you will be able to find at Expressions. To see the full list of what’s on and when, download the latest timetable here – Expressions 2017 timetable (PDF).

You will need Adobe Reader to download the timetable, which you can get on Adobe’s website – get Adobe Reader.


Circus School with the School of Larks
Tattoo parlour with Alex Willis, Bristol tattoo artist
Watercolour workshops with Georgia Sherman
Secret postcard exhibition
Hula hoop station
Collage workshops with Claire Willets, artist in residence
Poetry and performance sessions


Guitar and sitar music with Tim and Keith


Under Dogs (free range British hot dogs)
All day BBQ
Gopals Curry Shack (Indian street food)
Sri-Licious (Sri Lankan street food)

Being able to tell my story has made me feel a part of something special.


Find out more

If you want to get involved but aren’t sure how, please give us a call. There are lots of other ways you can support Expressions – like volunteering or donating.

For more information, get in touch with Beth Hendry on
0117 970 9300