Free arts workshops for the community

John Wesley's New Room was described in 1739 as, ‘A Light in the City’. It was a place for sharing the love of Christ as a community. It was also a centre for education and healthcare; a hub for social action. The City Lights Arts Project aims to gather together people from a variety of different communities across Bristol to explore the themes of the museum, using them as inspiration to become, ‘city lights’; people who are inspired to make a positive difference in our communities for our city.

What themes will be explored?

The museum tackles many topics which are relevant to our lives today; slavery and abolition, environmental issues, empowering the individual, the role of women, the social divide between rich and poor, faith and action, health and wellbeing, education and many more... Click here to explore more of the museum.

What will the workshops involve? 

The 60 minute workshop sessions start with a short introduction from the curator on the themes explored in the museum, followed by a craft activity relating to a particular theme. The session will finish with a gentle group discussion around the themes of the museum.

How do I sign up?

To book a free place for yourself or your community group, please email Kate on or call 01179264740. Please note that places are limited, so booking is required.

Previous Workshop Themes:

What does it mean to be 'A Light in our City'?

The Environment

Health and Wellbeing

Slavery  and Abolition  


All workshops take place in the museum on Level 2 of John Wesley's New Room (lift available).


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