Art Pen Pals​

Connecting isolated, house-bound individuals with a volunteer Art Buddy, this project allows people who cannot access the Arc building or online classes to collaborate on creative projects by post.

Art Pen Pals Programme Stockport

Once a month, participants will receive a creative project from their buddy through the post along with helpful ideas and suggestions of how to build on or add to the project.

They then have 2 weeks to reply, posting back their own work and adding comments, questions or suggestions for how to continue. The project runs for 4-6 months and there is an opportunity to exhibit work at the end.

All postage and art material costs are covered by Arc and come from the Arc Studio, so no home addresses are shared between pen pals.

It’s open to anyone aged 18+, with first priority going to those living in Stockport, Oldham or Tameside.

For more information or to apply another way please email

"‘Never in a million years would I have done art before this course. Now I am doing it all the time! This experience has been life changing for me, it's been amazing, I have had so much support and have really enjoyed connecting with the other mums!’"