Therapeutic Art Sessions

As part of the Well-being Project, we are proud to introduce drop-in therapeutic art sessions at the Bateman Gallery. The sessions are free of charge and open to the community. Participants will have the use of various materials and access to the space to create what they wish, with an art therapist on site for mental wellness insight and assistance.

Due to our updated COVID policy, vaccination passports are required to enter the Bateman Gallery.

In-person Session

Temporarily canceled

No Appointment Necessary

Online Session

Tuesday 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Book an Online Session

Non-directive creation is beneficial for strengthening emotional wellness. These sessions offer the opportunity for you to express your unique creativity with the support of an art therapist, and if you choose, Kaitlin can act as a personal guide to assist you in uncovering and perceiving meaning and personal discoveries found in your artwork and while creating. These sessions are art for wellness, not a therapy session. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1‑888‑494‑3888 .

All ages are welcome, and no art experience is necessary! All materials will be provided. We strive to meet you where you are at by taking an inclusive, non-judgmental and non-directive approach to artmaking – which means that you get to choose the art materials and direction that your artmaking takes. We are mindful of gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, race, spiritual beliefs and family situations. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Our facilitating art therapist, Kaitlin McManus, promotes mindfulness in creation and displays unconditional positive regard, assisting and guiding you to access self-empowerment and compassion for yourself and others in our community.

We work with community and service groups to provide free access to the Bateman Gallery, and to deliver free group art therapy and nature programming. If you represent a community or service group and are interested in participating, please fill out our form here.

Also consider participating in our Celebrating Community Resilience project, you can find more info here.