Pathways to Wellbeing Partnership

We’re delighted to announce our partnership with The Holburne Museum, Bath Preservation Trust and the American Museum & Gardens on the nationally recognised Pathways to Wellbeing programme.

Having secured a grant of £200,000, the project can continue to develop over the next three years, having already supported over 200 people living with mental health issues, social isolation and homelessness since it began in 2016.

The Edge at University of Bath, along with our partners, recognise the important and inspiring role that the arts can play in promoting wellbeing. The programme has been effective in identifying and working with local people who are most able to benefit from engaging with art. This success is built on the strong working relationships forged between the museums and supporting organisations including Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Creativity Works, a National Portfolio Organisation. The new funding (2019 – 2022) will allow the project to extend these opportunities to young men living with mental health issues and those living in rural areas outside the city.


“I am absolutely delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund and St Johns Foundation have recognised the extraordinary importance of our Pathways to Wellbeing project and enabled us to continue and expand our work for a further three years. The Holburne is committed to CHANGING LIVES THROUGH ART and we know from experience that this programme has a positive life-changing impact on its participants and, what’s more, that their close engagement with the Holburne has a huge impact on the Museum and its other visitors. Pathways is at the forefront of what we are as an organisation and I am very pleased that through the generosity of the National Lottery Community Fund and St Johns Foundation we can carry on working in partnership with our friends at Bath Preservation Trust, the American Museum & Gardens and, now, The Edge at the University of Bath.”

– Chris Stephens, Director of the Holburne Museum

About the Project


Pathways to Wellbeing is an innovative project bringing museums, art galleries and mental health and support organisations together to work in partnership across the city of Bath. Its continuing success has established the Holburne as a leader in the growing area of museums, creativity and wellbeing.

Four different regular Pathways groups meet at the Holburne and partner museums, offering people the chance to try art for the first time and explore their creativity in supported, safe and inspiring spaces. The programme offers long-term support to individuals and recognises that life-transforming change happens over time as trust and confidence are built.

People who may never have stepped inside a museum before have opportunities to learn about their local heritage, exhibit art work in museum settings and get involved in the wider arts community. Programme highlights have been Pathways groups’ ambitious annual installations for Fringe Arts Bath Festival and the Tree of Life mosaic currently on display in Bath Abbey. The Holburne also hosts regular free Creativity and Wellbeing coffee mornings, encouraging people who might not usually visit to find out about the positive health and wellbeing benefits of engaging with museums and the arts.



The Pathways to Wellbeing project is generously funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and St John’s Foundation, Bath.



This innovative programme is managed by the Holburne Museum with support from museum and gallery partners;  Bath Preservation Trust, American Museum & Gardens and The Andrew Brownsword Gallery at The Edge, University of Bath. The project also includes work with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Creativity Works.