Our vision and mission


A world where art is used as a therapeutic tool in mainstream education to help thousands of children learn, achieve and thrive. 


Working in mainstream education, we help children and young people explore their identity, grow in confidence and develop the social skills they need to engage in learning and thrive in life.

Our history

The Art Room was established 15 years ago by inspiring pioneer, Dr Juli Beattie OBE. Working with children over many years, she observed how art could transform children’s confidence and self-belief.

The project started with children sitting around the kitchen table at Juli’s home. Now The Art Room is helping over 500 children a week, working in more than 40 schools in Oxfordshire, London and Edinburgh. 

Our future

We aim to bring about a transformation in children’s mental health, by influencing support for children’s mental wellbeing up and down the country.

Over the next three years we want to reach more children by working with more schools and training hundreds of teachers to help children take what they have learned in The Art Room back into the classroom. We will also help hundreds of school leaders and other professionals understand our approach, helping us reach many more schools and children.

We hope to shape national decisions about mental health services of the future, by sharing evidence of the effectiveness of our approach with policy makers, ultimately bringing about change for millions of children.

With this aim in mind the decision was taken to merge with Place2Be so that together we can strengthen our ability to shape the future.