healing and empowerment through creative endeavour


To enable consumers of mental health services to engage in artistic expression that promotes recovery, empowerment and community.


To provide studio space, community and opportunity for creative initiatives to facilitate mental, spiritual and economic health.

Projects of Artbeat Studio

  • Artbeat Studio Artist-in-Residence Program (also called Artist Residency)

  • Studio Central, Urban Arts Centre

  • Upbeat Artworks, Gallery Boutique (Social Enterprise)

Artbeat Studio Inc. runs unique community-based, self-directed, peer-supported programming. It provides social supports, working art studio and gallery space, and mentorship for individuals living with mental illness for the purpose of recovery and empowerment. Artbeat Studio Inc. is a not-for-profit registered charity. We are committed to decreasing stigma and discrimination that coincides with mental illness and poverty through positive action, mental health education and advocacy.

Services are provided free of charge to participants. The intended beneficiaries include each participant artist, their caregivers, the local inner-city community, and society as a whole.

Established in 2005, Artbeat Studio is the first of its kind in Manitoba and stems from one family’s personal experience with mental illness. Nigel Bart, founder and longtime studio facilitator of Artbeat Studio, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 19 and has since used various forms of art to help with recovery from the illness and the stigma that surrounds it.

Guiding Principles

  • Studio space and mentorship is offered free of charge
  • We respect and value each individual person
  • We focus on the process of art-making and personal development

We are committed to:

  • a holistic approach to mental, economic, spiritual, physical, social and emotional health
  • supportive, peaceful, non-censoring environment
  • supporting alumni in personal growth and creative endeavours
  • promoting healthy communication and interpersonal relationships
  • enriching support system for each individual

Art played a big role in my recovery, it helped me bolster my self-esteem, sharpen my creative process and gave me a voice to express myself.

 Nigel Bart, Founder