Art, Nature & Wellbeing

Susan Erskine-Jones

October – December 2023
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A 10-week artist led workshop series, exploring the themes of art and nature, for young people, ages 12-16 years old in the Milton Keynes area who are experiencing mild-moderate mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression or social isolation.

Each week participants will learn a new art technique, taking inspiration from, and using natural materials found in the calming surroundings of Milton Keynes ArtsCentre and the grounds of Great Linford Manor Park. The activities will encourage an awareness and appreciation of natural world through creativity to support wellbeing and offer a chance to meet like-minded people.

Lead artist and printmaker Susan Erskine-Jones will introduce visiting artists throughout the series, providing opportunities for participants to get hands-on experience of making ceramics, felt-making, sculpture and photography, as well as of working with collage, printmaking, natural dyes and drawing.

Who is this course for?
The programme is particularly designed to support young people ages 12–16, in the Milton Keynes area who may be feeling the effects of anxiety, loneliness, depression or other conditions upon their physical and mental wellbeing. Please note these workshops are suitable for those with mild physical and mental health challenges and provide a supportive environment to meet like-minded young people of their age only, they are not suitable for those seeking professional support from art therapists. Spaces are limited and will be designated on a first come, first served basis with a record kept for those wanting to take part in any future programmes*.

Wednesday's – 11, 18, 25 October; 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November; 6, 13 December 2023


The Barn, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Parklands, Great Linford MK145DZ(Please note wheelchair access is via an external ramp only)

Taking part

If you know a young person who might be suffering with feelings of loneliness, anxiety or depression and might benefit from taking part in these creative workshops, please get in touch.

For self-referral please contact

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About the Artist

Susan Erskine-Jones is a painter, printmaker and art tutor with ten years’ experience in delivering mixed media workshops to students of all ages. Her interest is in overlooked objects and the common place.

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