Milestones Trust

Supporting people creatively

Expressions arts programme

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.

About this year's festival

The 2018 Expressions arts festival has the theme of ‘opening minds’ and will once again be curated by art consultant Louise Copping, who is renowned for her love of bright colours and extravagance.

We are still working on the final touches of what is to come over the weekend of September 15th and 16th at the Paintworks event space, but rest assured you will be in for a treat with the usual mix of visual and performing arts to astound and excite all who visit.

Expressions will be open between 10am-7pm and new to 2018 will be live evening entertainment, as we welcome comedians and bands to take to our performance stage on both evenings of the festival.

Keep up to date with sneak peaks of the work and information on what we have planned across our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Carnival 2017

Take a look at what we got up to last year at our 2017 Expressions Carnival Exhibition in our slideshow and also in our 2016/17 Annual Review. 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.



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