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    Art by Post

    Art by Post

    Free poetry and visual arts activities to the people who are most isolated by the current social distancing measures

    Art by Post brings free poetry and visual arts activities to the people who are most isolated by the current social distancing measures


    Our Art by Post booklets are designed by artists and inspired by our art collection and artistic programme here at the Southbank Centre. The activities are designed for adults living with one or more long-term health conditions, who through Covid-19 restrictions are at further risk of isolation. We’re especially interested in giving people living with dementia, and their supporters, access to creative resources.

    If you sign up to take part, you’ll be guided through a series of activities which will spark your imagination, keep your mind active and help you stay connected to others.

    Join our community

    You’ll also be joining a growing community of 2,000 people across the UK who are all taking part in Art by Post creative activities from their homes, from Aberdeen to Truro and Bangor to Dover. 

    We’d love to see what you come up with. Once we reopen our venues, we hope to create an exhibition of work created by some of the people taking part in Art by Post. If you send us your artwork and poetry, we can cover the cost of postage. In the second phase of the project, beginning in September 2020, you also have the chance to interact with the artists and other people taking part in Art by Post.

    How to take part

    More than 4,000 people have now signed up to receive our creative booklets each month. 

    We’ve now closed applications to receive the booklets by post, but we continue to accept referrals to receive the booklet by email.

    You can sign up for yourself, refer someone else or request to receive packs as a group. 

    For example, you might want to refer someone if you’re a health or social care practitioner or community organiser. Or you might be related to, friends with or caring for someone who would like to receive Art by Post. Or you might want to receive packs on behalf of a community organisation or care home. 

    If you’re signing up on behalf of a family member or friend, you’ll also receive Art by Post booklets by email so that you can get involved yourself. 

    Our current series of Art by Post booklets runs from October 2020 to April 2021.

    Before you sign up, check that Art by Post is right for you or for the person you are referring.

    You (or they)

    • Have given consent for referral and to be contacted by us (the Southbank Centre)
    • Live with a long term health condition (e.g. diabetes, arthritis, dementia)
    • Can read and write English by yourself or have support to do this
    • Are aged over 18
    • Live in the UK

    Sign up

    There are three referral options. Please make sure you fill in the correct application form.

    Sign up to receive Art by Post for yourself. 

    I want to take part

    Sign up a friend / family member / someone you support. 

    I want someone else to take part

    Request our booklets

    Complete the form below to sign up to receive a digital copy of our booklet each month. 

    I would like a pack of Art by Post booklets


    Contact us by phone: 0207 960 4206 or

    Email us

    If you email us or leave us a message we will receive a reply as soon as possible. But please forgive us for taking a little longer than usual to get in touch at the moment. 

    Art by Post has been developed in consultation with our community partners and (B)old project participants. The project is supported by organisations across the country in partnership with the Southbank Centre, including:

    • Age UK Camden
    • Age UK Oxfordshire
    • artsdepot
    • Arts in Care Homes 
    • The Barn
    • Beacon Arts 
    • Dulwich Picture Gallery
    • HOME Manchester
    • National Academy of Social Prescribing
    • Nightingale Hammerson
    • Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Platform 
    • Sunderland Culture