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

  • 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 )
  • Everybody`s Reading Open Mic Special

    Everybody`s Reading Open Mic Special

    • WHEN?: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 - 7 til 9:30pm
    • WHERE?: Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
    • Featuring Ralth Dartford & The Bradgate Writers & Mandy Brook . . . read more
    • (Posted Wed, Sep 26, 2018)
  • Labelled - Rebellious Writing Workshop

    Labelled - Rebellious Writing Workshop

    • WHEN?: Thu, Oct 4, 2018 - 2 til 4pm
    • WHERE?: Attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
    • Use creative writing to explore labeling, stigma and discrimination and get things off your back! . . . . read more
    • (Posted Wed, Sep 26, 2018)
  • WORD! Workshop with Deanna Rodger

    WORD! Workshop with Deanna Rodger

    • WHEN?: Thu, Sep 27, 2018
    • WHERE?: attenborough Arts Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
    • Don't miss WORD! at Attenborough Arts - when we'll be hugely excited to present the Internationally established writer, performer and facilitator, Deanna Rodger . . . read more
    • (Posted Tue, Sep 25, 2018)
  • Green Reads: 'SOUNDBITE' Special

    Green Reads: 'SOUNDBITE' Special

    • WHEN?: Tue, Oct 2, 2018. 12:45 'til 1.45pm
    • WHERE?: ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE, LANCASTER RD, LEICESTER
    • Join Mark Gwynne Jones, Psychicbread and The Green Room Writers - for this one off, verdant verge of voices . . . read more
    • (Posted Tue, Sep 11, 2018)