The Open Arts Team

A huge thank you to everyone has been part of Open Arts over the past twelve years.
Our Open Arts team, in particular the studio members, volunteers and studio managers, our fellow artists at HOFS, as well as ACAVA, ECC and EPUT who support us and continue to make
a positive difference to our participants lives.


Jenny Secker

Open Arts Patron

Open Arts exists because of Jenny, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health

at Anglia Ruskin University and EPUT.

Her research interests centred on service developments aimed at supporting recovery and social inclusion.

Between 2005 and 2007 Jenny led the study 'Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Arts: Developing the Evidence Base', funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Department of Health, aimed at strengthening the evidence base for arts and mental health work. The positive results of that study led to the establishment of Open Arts in 2008, since then Jennys research has supported evaluations of the project.

She continues to support Open Arts as our Patron and as a member of the steering group.