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.

Our residents 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 our residents 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.

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