Milestones Trust

Supporting people creatively

Expressions arts programme

The Expressions arts programme is an opportunity provided by Milestones Trust that nurtures the creative talents of the people we work with. Everyone we support is encouraged to get involved in creating a piece or two throughout the year to then display at the free exhibition that we hold each year.

The exhibition 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.


Expressions 2017 carnival embroidery art

About this year's festival

The 2017 Expressions festival had the theme of ‘carnival’ and was curated by art consultant Louise Copping, who is renowned for her love of bright colours and extravagance.

The atmosphere over the four days was vibrant, fun and full of laughter, with activities such as watercolour painting, sculpture making and poetry performance, plus various workshops. There was music throughout the weekend from local musicians and our very own choir, CHIME, as well as delicious food. Our aim every year is to make it as accessible as possible for everyone, and this year we had a fully accessible changing room and Mobiloo on site.


Expressions 2017 big top gallery space

See more of the fantastic artwork displayed at the 2017 Expressions Carnival Exhibition in our slideshow. Lots of hard work went into the organisation of the big event, with volunteers helping out with building and taking down the setup. The pieces that were on show during the weekend are created by service users from across our homes to engage in creative activities.

You can also check our Facebook page for other photos, updates and information about the festival here.

Thank you to everyone who came along to this year’s Expressions festival. We hope you all had a fun time and will join us next year!


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

Expressions 2017 carnival signage