"My name is Rich and art is my cure. I launched Art Is The Cure in 2008 with a simple idea, to inspire other people who were struggling to find creativity as a release."
"I had always been creative growing up, so art was a natural release for me; I would draw or paint to turn away from negative releases through struggles I faced at home growing up. Realising that creative therapy was not widely spoken about, I made it my goal to raise awareness of it through inspiration. Over a decade later, Art Is The Cure has encouraged countless people to find their cure through art."
— Rich Simmons, Pop Artist & Founder
2009 Vinspired Award Winner for Most Inspirational Young Volunteer in the UK
Art Is The Cure wants to change the way people see art as a form of creative therapy and inspire people to turn to creativity instead of negative releases. Our mission is to introduce as many people as possible to the concept of art therapy and the transformative nature of using creativity as a vehicle for healing.
By telling the stories of people who have used a version of art therapy in their life, we hope to inspire new people to see creativity in a new way and harness it for themselves. Through interviews, films, podcasts, workshops, school visits, fashion, street art, colouring books, events and more, we want to inspire hope, build a community and create a movement.
We believe that everyone has the ability to be creative and everyone has a cure at their fingertips. Our goal is to inspire people to tap into that creativity and find the strength to harness their inner artist to overcome negative experiences in life. This platform will be used to inspire people, through inspirational stories, interviews and films to become part of this growing community. With your support, we can turn this community into a movement that inspires people all over the world.