Portugal Prints. Our therapeutic arts project for London
Portugal Prints is a therapeutic arts project. We support artists living with mental health difficulties to construct a life beyond the services, a life of creativity and curiosity. We believe that art can empower people to express themselves, to learn, to build resilience and to nurture meaningful relationships.
Portugal Prints at a glance
Portugal Prints is a therapeutic arts project. In collaboration with our artists, we run art sessions at the Portugal Prints studio as well as offering gallery visits, one-to-one support and development opportunities.
Arlington House, 220 Arlington Road, London, NW1 7HE
By Tube: Camden Station
By Bus: 24, 46, 134, 214, 393, N20 and C2
People across London who are aged 18+ and living with mental health difficulties.
Sessions run from 10.15am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.45pm Tuesday to Friday. On a Friday, we also offer a session between 3.30-5.30pm.
If you’d like to visit us and find out more, we hold free taster sessions. Please email us at [email protected] or call us on 02072677809 to book a place.
What members say
At Portugal Prints we’re able to express ourselves artistically and that has helped me a lot with my self-confidence
We work together to generate ideas and there’s a constant list of interesting projects on offer
Coming to Portugal Prints gives a structure to my week. I’ve been able to meet people again and make new friends
I definitely recommend Portugal Prints. I told my Social Worker how much I get from attending that she has now referred other people.
I know that despite feeling low and unwell I can come to Portugal Prints and do some art. I always feel better when I leave!
Being able to have a safe space where I can do my art and share it helps me to normalise my needs and my difficulties. I don’t feel judged.
What does an art session at Portugal Prints look like?
Typically, an art session at Portugal Prints begins with a quick check-in and lots of teas and coffees. A facilitator will then start you with some inspiring prompts, art works or challenges. You are always welcome to use the session as an open studio and do your own work. Sometimes we share our work at the end of the session if that is something you feel like doing.
What services does Portugal Prints offer?
Art sessions. We run a variety of art sessions (drawing, painting, photography, collage and much more!)
One to one support.
As a member of Portugal Prints you will also be able to join extra workshops:
- Writing group run by Write London
- Westminster Adult Education visiting tutor session.
- We work closely with different art organisations such as the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Whitechapel Gallery and the Jennifer Lauren Gallery to provide a variety of opportunities for our artists.
Do I need to have experience of art making?
You don’t need any previous art experience. We support artists of all levels to learn new skills and make art. All members are empowered to have a sense of ownership over what happens in the sessions, and many of our workshops are a co-creation of ideas from attendees, volunteers, and staff.
Do you need to be in receipt of CPA to join?
To join Portugal Prints, we ask that you have current contact with Mental Health Services, i.e you will need a Care Plan Approach (CPA) or a personal budget, although we also take self-referrals.
Do you take volunteers?
We do take volunteers with a wide range of experiences. Our volunteer spaces are currently very limited but please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering with us.
Why are you called Portugal Prints?
Portugal Prints started out on Portugal Street in Soho in 1979. There, people living with mental health difficulties engaged in creative commercial work while also having access to ongoing emotional support.