Arts for Brain Health

Monday Creative

1:30pm – 3:30pm, The Orange Room

A FREE social prescribing opportunity for Keighley residents, and their carers, who are living with dementia and other long term neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease

This is the first time I’ve done anything arty! It’s fun, and great to do something different. I’ve enjoyed it all!

Monday Creative Participant

Monday Creative is a great place to come and have a go at something creative, and meet new people. We run sessions face-to-face in The Orange Room at Keighley Creative, and online over Zoom for when people can’t get out. The group is friendly and welcoming to all, and new members are always welcome. We explore lots of different activities, including painting, felting, printmaking and clay work. We look at art and photographs together and we share stories.

Monday Creative is designed with the needs of people living with all stages and types of dementia and long term neurological conditions in mind, and the needs of the people who are caring for them. We have spouses, children, professional carers, friends and family members who stay and get involved.

This is a kind, caring, fun and stimulating learning environment in the heart of Keighley. Read on if you would like more information about how you can get involved.

Meet the Team

Monday Group is run by Ailsa Lewer and Carine Brosse, with support from Gemma Hobbs and Naeem Darbey. Everyone on the team loves art and people! Between them all they are thinkers, makers, researchers, artists, therapists and carers. And they are all interested in the benefits that making and talking about art can offer us when it comes to our brain health and wellbeing.

Ailsa Lewer

Hello, I’m Ailsa, and I run ARts for Brain Health at Keighley Creative. You can ask me anything about it- No question is too big or small!

I am art therapist trained, and my interests and artwork focus on the body and brain health. I design and run creative workshops using visual arts, imaginative storymaking whilst working alongside museum and gallery spaces and collections.

I also deliver training for organisations across Cumbria and Craven, including Cumbian Museums Consortium, Skipton, Settle and Ripon museums and the National Trust.

Ailsa Lewer, Research Lead: Arts for Brain Health Programme
Experimenting with Print, Ailsa Lewer
Carine Brosse

Hello, I’m Carine, a multidisciplinary artist, working for organisations including Pioneer Projects, Space2 Leeds and Grassington Festival. I run workshops for people of all ages, and have lots of experience helping people to find their creative direction and have fun doing it!

I also run the Wishbone Gallery in Grassington and curate exhibitions and events. I’ve collaborated with Ailsa for over seven years, you will be in safe hands with us.

Carine Brosse, Creative Lead: Arts for Brain Health Programme
Mobile, Carine Brosse

How can you get involved?

You can ring or text Ailsa on: 07423 154855

or email:

Monday Creative is open every week. Contact Ailsa for more information and to book a trial session to find out if this is for you. Thank you for your interest.