THE benefits of creativity for mental well-being are set to be explored in a new exhibition in Bridport.

Inspired by Re-Think Mental Health's Time to Talk Day, work by local artists of all ages is going on display for The Creative Mind Exhibition at the Chapel in the Garden from Friday, February 3 to February 5.

Showing from 10am to 4pm each day, the display of art will raise funds for Weymouth Samaritans, HUGS (Hughes Unit Group Support) and the Chapel in the Garden

Emma Williams and Louise Ramsden, organisers of the exhibition, said: “We wanted to show creativity and mental health in a positive light. We hope this exhibition, with all forms of artistic expression, can bring people together, get people talking and break the silence around mental illness.

"Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. The Creative Mind Exhibition aims to take the stigma out of something that affects us all.”

As well as the array of art, there will also be two workshops on offer. On February 3, 'A Moment in your Day - Reflecting and Making' by Eileen Haste, Arts Practitioner at Weldmar Hospice Care running from 1.30pm to 3pm will be available to join, and on Saturday, February 4, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, 'Self-Portraits' by Lal Hitchcock, a psychotherapist and artist.

Each workshop has a suggested donation fee of £10. To book a place please call Louise Ramsden on 01308 421720.

Also on offer will be aromatherapy hand massages, a children’s creativity corner and an interactive piece of artwork. To raise funds there will be suggested entry donation, along with artwork and cards for sale.

Time to Talk Day, on Thursday, February 2, is an initiative by Time to Change, a campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.