Time to Talk – Time to Change

Talking about mental health…

Zap Arts

Weekly art group in Poole

Art in the Park

Gallery Exhibition – Upton Park

The Big Draw Day – Poole Park


Innovation :: Evaluation

We are not afraid to try new ideas – from Gyotaku fish printing at a food festival to using iPads to stimulate dementia patients. We are keen to establish what works too, and some form of evaluation is part of every project.

Over Thirty Years’ Experience

We each have over ten years experience working with a wide range of disadvantaged and disability communities, as well have teaching experience within the FE sector.  We sometimes engage other community artists with different specialist skills, for example to work with under 5s.

Enthusiasm :: Breadth of Skills

Rachel and Richard both work and exhibit as artists in their own right, and can deliver high quality art programmes across a range of media… Where possible projects will include some exhibition of work created.  We have a passion for what we do…

What we do

Art and Health

Over thirty years between us running arts-based projects for all sorts of community groups, often disadvantaged but nearly always with some objective to improve wellbeing.

Art and Environment

Wherever we can, we like to take our projects outdoors – preferably to experience a closer sense of nature than the usual – but a good park will do if there is nothing else.

CPD Opportunities

We often run art and environment based day workshops designed as CPD opportunities – suitable for employees in stressful, public facing sectors: health, education, social services…

ZooFish Arts are:

ZooFish Arts CIC uses arts and environment based projects to work with disability and disadvantaged communities across a range of ages, primarily in Southwest England. We specialise in delivering projects that incorporate sculpture, land art, digital photography, ceramics, horticulture and sensory exploration of the environment. Between us we cover most art and craft forms, and if we don’t do it, we know someone we trust who can….

ZooFish Arts CIC

An experienced educator, Richard has been running community and participatory arts projects for over a decade, and still finds this an exhilarating aspect of his working practice – part education, part problem solving, part exploration, part celebration. Arts based activity (photography and ceramics/assemblage) is often used to underpin other goals – from return to work to developing community leadership.


Richard Jeffery – Photographer and 3D Artist

Rachel has worked with mental health and similar service users in both Dorset and further afield for over 10 years. Her workshops, often based around nature, are lively and full of a range of fun and explorative activities, planned and delivered to suit the needs of each group. Learning is accessible, helping to develop new skills and raising self-esteem and confidence. Workshops promote inspiration and encourage interactivity. Rachel is also a member of the Dorset Coppice Group.


Rachel Huggett – Sculptor and Community Artist

The third director of ZooFish Arts CIC, Anna has worked with young people and adults in different educational settings for 10 years. She has worked to engage community groups in meaningful conversations about mental wellbeing and to support people with experiences of mental health problems. Anna now works as a horticultural therapist, facilitating creative engagement with the environment through nature and art. Her PhD research in education and wellbeing, promotes participatory learning and action for community-led projects.

Anna Sowter – Horticultural Therapist and Researcher in Education

Poole Art Walk Images – 7th October 2013

A great day with fabulous autumn weather and much making of contacts and conversation… We had a lovely day and would really like to make this a regular event – Spring and Autumn: what better way to mark the seasons than to walk the local countryside and make art from it… [Show slideshow – takes a few moments to load…] Many thanks to all who took part, to support from Richmond Fellowship, Poole Arts and Poole Volunteers, and especially to…

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Poole Art Walk 7th October 2013 – Partners and Resources

You may find these useful links to follow if you want to look a bit deeper into land art, and the various partners who organised the Poole Art Walk on 7th October 2013 together… We would love to see your images and maybe show them on our website.  You can email your photos at info@zoofisharts.co.uk – if you add your name we will attribute them to you. Andy Goldsworthy – http://www.ucblueash.edu/artcomm/web/w2005_2006/maria_Goldsworthy/TEST/ Richard Shilling – http://www.richardshilling.co.uk/ Upton Country Park – http://www.uptoncountrypark.org/…

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Poole Art Walk – Monday 7th October

Art Walk for World Mental Health Day Join ZooFish Arts and Richmond Fellowship for a leisurely walk along the Holes Bay cycle/footpath to Upton Country Park (approx 2 ½ miles).  Learn how to make and photograph artworks from natural materials found on the route. All are welcome!  And it is FREE… N.b. Please bring snacks and a drink for the journey, wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied at all times please. Bring a camera…

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CPD Day – 25th October 2013

Join us at Bonsley Wood near Blandford… Expand your creativity, learn some relaxation techniques and get together with nature in a day of short workshops exploring arts based activities including environmental sculpture, charcoal drawing and photography. Email ZooFish Arts for more details….

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Recent Feedback

‘We found a nice spot to sketch… with chalk and charcoal. Some of the charocal we found on site. I had so much fun drawing on the pavement…’

by project participant