SHAREtheLOVE for arts&wellbeing with TheEngineRoom

by Katie in Reading, England, United Kingdom

SHAREtheLOVE for arts&wellbeing with TheEngineRoom
We did it
On 11th April 2019 we successfully raised £245 with 10 supporters in 56 days

To provide our arts and mental health collective access to vital art materials and skills based opportunities within our community.

by Katie in Reading, England, United Kingdom

The Engine Room is an arts and mental health project built by a collective, with a united strength, a crystal clear vision and an unwavering passion. 

Launched in 2016, we believe in creative expression as a vital tool for wellbeing and recovery. 

We have recently received project funding for The Lost Museum, but we receive NO CORE FUNDING, and run on a solely voluntary basis.



We create space for The Engine Room to access creative experiences, promoting empowerment, recovery and healthy human development, through a programme of weekly sessions, exhibitions and events.

Our wish is to enable individuals and groups with mental health issues to connect with the community in looking at creative ways in which we can nurture and help build mentally healthy communities, and society as a whole; through peer supported arts programmes.

The collective is initiated by individuals who live with enduring mental health issues. Our emphasis has always been about giving people the power, skills and encouragement to take a lead in their own community.

Our project is run by the community, for the community.

Welcome to our studio...


Opportunities, exhibitions, events and community projects since our launch...


The Engine Room has supported and encouraged members to build portfolios, gain skills in exhibiting solo, and gain creative qualifications, such as HND Access to Art and Design and BA Creative Arts and Design Practice.


'Lost' Lousehill Copse, Summer Solstice, 2017. 

A collaborative and interactive exhibition in collaboration with Dee Park artists, encouraging community engagement. 


'Pulling Strings', Peacock Gallery, 2017 An exhibition by The Engine Room Collective. 

Providing opportunities for The Engine Room Collective to gain skills in proposal writing, exhibiting, invigilating, gaining exposure for artwork and engaging with the community.


'One World Two Communities', Dee Park, 2018. An outdoor project in Collaboration with Dee Park artists and artists and communities of Yemen.

This project was about sending out a message of solidarity, and linked us with many communities, in particular the artists of Dee Park and the artists and communities of Yemen, through a live link up.


'Artline' Art Market. Open for Art Festival, Reading, July 2018. In collaboration with Jelly.

1550084724_Windsor%20art%20fair%20.jpgWorkshops in Collaboration with Jelly at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, 2018. 

Offering The Engine Room Collective vital opportunities to gain confidence in running and assisting workshops.


'Change In State', 2018. The Conversation Space, Jelly Studios, Reading.

 An interactive exhibition by The Engine Room collective, directed and curated by one of our members.

A huge thank you to Jelly, for always supporting us and giving us a home <3


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£75 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£75 Reward

For any donation of £75+, a huge thank you for supporting our project, an original print and a larger original signed artwork. Please note: this reward will need to be collected from Reading, Berkshire.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A huge thank you for supporting our project, and an invitation to the preview of our next exhibition.

£15 or more

0 of 20 claimed

£15 Reward

A huge thank you for supporting our project, and a handmade mystery gift, from one of our collective.

£25 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£25 Reward

A huge thank you for supporting our project, and a mystery original print from one of our collective.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£50 Reward

A huge thank you for supporting our project, and a 'lucky-dip' selection of 2-3 original signed artworks.

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