New Step Up: Exploring Collections course at the Mental Health Museum, Wakefield

Outside In will soon be opening applications for the second Step Up: Exploring Collections course at the Mental Health Museum, Wakefield, as part of its bigger, nationwide project called Patient Artwork: New Dialogues. 

Replica jacket courtesy of Mental Health Museum

About the course

The course will focus on the Museum’s collection of patient art work and aim to equip participants with skills in research and interpretation. Sessions will be delivered in person at the Mental Health Museum and online via Zoom (hybrid) by an experienced Step Up Course Tutor working closely with staff from the Mental Health Museum. The course will run every Tuesday, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, for ten weeks from 14 September to 23 November.

Please note that this course is only open to those who live locally to the Mental Health Museum; in Wakefield or the surrounding areas.

Applicants must also be Outside In artists, or meet the charity’s criteria of facing significant barriers to the art world due to health, disability, or social circumstances.

How to apply

Applications can be made via an online form or by a downloadable form, both of these can be found via the link below. The deadline for applications has now been extended until 9am Monday 2 August.

Find out more

We hosted an information session via zoom on 15 June which offered the chance to find out more about the project and meet the staff involved.

Below you can watch the recordings of this event:

Introduction by Step Up programme manager Kate Davey
About the collection with curator Jane Stockdale
Cara Macwilliam shares her experience as an artist on the course
Course tutor Tanya explains more about how the course will run
Tanya talks about the physical accessibility at the museum

If you have any questions about this course please contact Outside In’s Training Programme Manager, Kate Davey, on 07903 028391 or email

The project has been made possible thanks to generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Outside In is delighted to be partnering with the Mental Health Museum (Wakefield)

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