Often you want to be creative but don’t know where to start. There are some great, supportive, creative groups in Leeds. But what if you want to do something NOW at home? Arts & Minds asked its members what they would recommend. Here is a selection of their ideas:

Ideas for learning online

The Swarthmore Education Centre offers online (and onsite) courses including creative and wellbeing classes.

Develop a new skill with Skillshare. Find what fascinates you whether that’s drawing, photography or creative writing.

WEA run online courses to help you develop a new skill such as drawing or creative writing. Some courses are free for eligible learners.

Isolation Art School on Instagram has video tutorials from professional artists, and inspiration from artists or all ages, backgrounds and abilities posting their work. Anyone with an Instagram account can view this for free.

Leeds University Library (LUL) – has created some online jigsaws of items in their archive.

Take a virtual museum tour – you can travel to the Louvre in Paris, the ruins of PompeiiPark Guell in Barcelona the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, from the comfort of your armchair. Or, discover objects and stories at the Science and Media Museum. You can even virtually explore exhibits from Leeds Museums and Galleries.

Visit the University of Leeds galleries’ sculpture collection – The Stanley and Audrey Burton collection is available to view online via artuk.org, which has lots more UK art collections to explore online.

Curl up with a good book – you can access a vast collection of eBooks and eAudio books courtesy of Leeds Library and Information Service. You can also find online magazines and register for a library account via their website. See their Get Lost in a Book page for their health and wellbeing collection and mood-boosting books.

Leeds Inspired for the latest listings for events including creative workshops and cinema hang outs.

Watch free performances online – find a lists of stage shows, muscials, dance and opera that are free to watch online from What’s On StageFilmed On Stage and Watch Theatre Online.

Shared Harmonies – check out Facebook where you can warm up your voice and learn a song.

My Learning has free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage resources available on their website.

Your Space has created a booklet called 5 Ways to Wellbeing for Families, with lots of activities to help us stay well, including being curious and learning more, moving your body, being mindful, kindness and supporting each other. It’s aimed at families and children, but it’s good for adults too!

Pyramid Arts is is a collective of artists in Leeds with and without learning difficulties. Check out their online sessions and virtual gallery.