October 20, 2016

I think the best thing that Magic Carpet offers is a safe environment where there’s no pressure or expectation. You can come and do as much or as little as you like, and that’s important. Not having that outlet or regular activity can be really isolating, which is dangerous when you’re already suffering from any mental health issues. Before, I needed my support worker to be with me but now I’m much more confident and have even brought friends with me who are still attending groups.

Through Magic Carpet my art has only gotten better in the past 5 years and I’ve been able to have my work put on exhibition at the Gloss Gallery, the Northcott Theatre and St. David’s Community Centre in Exeter. I’ve been very proud to have my work displayed and independent feedback has been really important for my confidence.

There used to be so many of these support groups, but there aren’t many left now. I can’t stress how important they are, and without them I may still have been very unwell and struggling to cope. If you were thinking about joining Magic Carpet I would definitely recommend taking that first step. There’s absolutely no pressure and you’ll meet people who are on a similar journey to you. It’s a safe place to be, where there’s no stress and you could discover a new passion that you can explore further. Everyone is so nice and welcoming - you won’t regret it and you’d be surprised just how important it is and how much it can help you in your personal life.”


October 20, 2016

"Magic Carpet are really good at letting me work in my own way. Sometimes I like to be left to focus and they understand that, which is helpful because I used to get agitated when I was painting. Everyone here is so friendly, they have been very encouraging and helped me develop my art.

Through Magic Carpet so many people have seen my work and that makes me incredibly proud. People recognising my art is amazing and it has helped me become far more confident. I now have an art cupboard at home so I can paint there too, which is something I would never had done before. Magic Carpet have helped me so much and I can’t wait for more people to see my paintings!”

Moving On Evaluation

January 25, 2017

Moving On was a three year Big Lottery Reaching Communities funded project...

RAMM Evaluation

January 25, 2017

The evaluation of a year long inclusion project we ran with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum when it reopened after extensive building work in 2012.

Open studios 2017

November 02, 2017

This is the evaluation for our Open Studio group from 2017. Please click on the button below to download.

Open Studios

January 25, 2017

A evaluation of our Open Studio group, partway through the funding period, the group is supported by the Self Heal Association

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