Revealing the art of managing money
A POP-UP exhibition in St Austell marks the completion of a project that uses art to help people with money and mental health issues.
The Art of Money Skills exhibition takes place at The Old Press, Biddicks Court, St Austell, between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, September 21.
The Art of Money Skills sessions, which began in January, was an innovative pilot supported by the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund and managed by a partnership of Smart Savings and Arts for Health Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
Smart Savings was set up by Jane Jiwa after graduating from Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs, which received European Social Fund (ESF) Convergence support, to offer financial advice and training for people to find retail and hospitality jobs.
More than 20 people from St Austell and Redruth with mild to moderate mental health issues have been learning how to manage their money and increase and restore their mental wellbeing.
Jane said: "The exhibition celebrates outstanding artistic and personal achievements. The Art of Money Skills offered free, financial literacy workshops that used creative activities to tackle the notoriously dry subject of money, together with one-to-one counselling and debt advice."
Mark Yeoman, head of ESF Convergence communication, said: "Financial literacy is a key life skill that can help unlock the world of work and the independence and opportunities that follow."
The free exhibition features a selection of work from the sessions, from prints using a wide range of techniques on paper and cloth, to paper craft, clay work, photography and animation. More from Jane on 01209 212579.