Milestones Trust

Supporting people creatively

Expressions arts

About Expressions

Collaboration, openness and creative thinking are at the heart of Expressions. It is a year-long programme of creative arts events that culminates in a spectacular exhibition that is open to the public. The focus for Expressions has always been to make the arts accessible, interactive and a source of wellbeing. The programme encompasses all forms of art – film, ceramics, textiles, food, photography, performance and spoken word to name just a few.

The people we support are involved in every aspect of Expressions, from creating the art to organising the show. We also work with professional artists and local organisations to give them invaluable access to the art world and help to get their work exhibition-ready.

Those who participate in Expressions learn new skills which have a positive effect on their mental health and wellbeing. They get a sense of achievement, identity and pride from overseeing their project from beginning to end, which in turn could give them the confidence to achieve other goals and milestones in their lives.

Expressions shows that the journey of making art is as important as the final piece.

Find out more on the Expressions website:

The website features an online gallery of works produced by those attending the art group each week, news about upcoming Expressions events and films showing you how you can make your own works of art at home.

Expressions at Centrespace

Expressions presented a group exhibition that profiled the creativity, diversity and skills of all its participants called Expressions at Centrespace.

The exhibition took place in November 2019 showcasing the incredible artwork created by our Expressions art groups, based around line drawing, drawing body forms and life drawing. The exhibition was a fantastic celebration of excitement, creativity and fantastic artwork.

With thanks to Royds Withy King for their generous support in helping bring Expressions to Centrespace.

Expressions Arts Festival - Opening Minds

The 2018 Expressions Arts Festival – ‘Opening Minds’, curated by Art Consultant Louise Copping, who is renowned for her love of bright colours and extravagance, took place at Bristol’s Paintworks on 15th-16th September. The art event was inspired by nature and the environment, showcasing the artistic work of people with mental health needs and learning disabilities in the South West. New to 2018 was live entertainment, as we welcomed comedians and bands to take to our performance stage on both days of the festival.

Why not have a look at what we got up to by watching our Expressions 2018 film? The film shows all aspects of the creativity that went into the Arts Festival including how the people we support came up with their creations. A massive thank you to Emma Grant and her team for getting this wonderful film together for us.

Keep up to date with sneak peaks of the work that was showcased across our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Being part of Expressions makes you realise you are not alone; not the only person with mental health problems


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 or Louise Copping on 0117 970 9300