BrightSparks is a community of mental health service users, volunteers and other interested people that use the arts to promote positive images of mental health and wellbeing.

We exist to support, and showcase the creative talent that exists within the mental health community through a growing number of creative groups and projects.

BrightSparks News

  • Spring Is Here - OPEN MIC

    Spring Is Here - OPEN MIC

    • WHEN?: Fri, Apr 5, 2019 - 7 til 9:30pm
    • WHERE?: The Donkey, 203 Welford Road, Leicester, LE2 6BH
    • Summary text here will be shown on the news story lists. . . . read more
    • (Posted )
  • Small Steps - Life's worth living

    Small Steps - Life's worth living

    • WHEN?: FROM Wed, Jan 30, 2019
    • The 20th annual exhibition of artworks by mental health service users of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. . . . read more
    • (Posted Wed, Jan 30, 2019)
  • BrightSparks Film, Website and Crazywise Film

    BrightSparks Film, Website and Crazywise Film

    • WHEN?: Mon, Jan 21, 2019 - 4:30pm
    • WHERE?: Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
    • BrightSparks Arts in Mental Health Group invited all to an afternoon and evening of film & discussion on Mental Health views and issues - local and global. We launched this website there too! . . . read more
    • (Posted Tue, Jan 1, 2019)
  • Happy Mondays open mic night

    Happy Mondays open mic night

    • WHEN?: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 (7 - 9:30pm)
    • WHERE?: The Exchange Bar, Rutland Street, Leicester. LE1 1RD
    • Featuring Jiut Bhatt, Grace Roots and a plethora of open Mike acts. Your compere for the night: Lydia Towsey . . . read more
    • (Posted )
  • Artscafe Xmas exhibition 2018

    Artscafe Xmas exhibition 2018

    • WHEN?: December 2018
    • WHERE?: Bradgate mental health unit and the Evington Centre.
    • The arts cafe Christmas exhibitions are now on display. . . . read more
    • (Posted Wed, Dec 19, 2018)
  • Comedy Workshops!

    Comedy Workshops!

    • WHEN?: Fri, Nov 16, 2018 - 1pm 'til 3pm
    • WHERE?: Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
    • A series of free comedy workshops facilitated by renowned stand up poet Rob Gee. . . . . read more
    • (Posted )
  • Small Steps - Lifes worth living

    Small Steps - Lifes worth living

    • WHEN?: Wed, Nov 21, 2018
    • WHERE?: Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
    • The nineteenth annual exhibition of artworks by mental health service users of Leicester, Leicesterhsire and Rutland. . . . read more
    • (Posted )
  • Comedy Asylum Sings!

    Comedy Asylum Sings!

    • WHEN?: Thu, Oct 18, 2018
    • WHERE?: The Exchange Bar, Rutland Street,
      Leicester. LE1 1RD
    • Join us for an evening of music and laughs with performances from the Comedy Asylum stars plus sets from Matt Hollins and Kirsty Munro and special guest Austen Nicholas . . . read more
    • (Posted )
  • Music Gig at the Exchange

    Music Gig at the Exchange

    • WHEN?: Sun, Nov 11, 2018 7-9pm
    • WHERE?: The Exchange Bar, Rutland Street, Leicester. LE1 1RD
    • The Fosse Music Collective, TIMER and Bombdogs. FREE admission . . . read more
    • (Posted Wed, Oct 31, 2018)
  • UNLOCKED - Exhibition now

    UNLOCKED - Exhibition now

    • WHEN?: Fri, Sep 14 - 12th Oct 2018
    • WHERE?: Split-Site Exhibition - Soft Touch Arts AND New Walk Museum & Gallery
    • An exhibition of prison art from HMP Leicester and Beyond. . . . read more
    • (Posted Fri, Sep 14, 2018)
  • SOUNDBITES

    SOUNDBITES

    • WHEN?: Tue, Oct 16, 2018 12.45 – 1.45pm
    • WHERE?: Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
    • Martin Frost performing his ’Memoirs of a Mod’ supported by Ian ‘Romeo’ Liburd. . . . read more
    • (Posted )