bloc projects



Preview event: Wednesday 05 July, 6 – 8pm

Open: 06 July – 08 July, 12 – 6pm

Workshops Thursday 06 & Friday 07 July, 2 – 4pm


Free Hand is coming to BLOC Projects with its Exhibition F%*K DEPRESSION // MAKE STUFF this July

Launching the evening of 5th July at 6pm, Free Hand invites you to take a peek at their creative explorations into what happens when expectation and reality meet.

Remember a time when your anxiety convinced you to expect going somewhere would be a horrible and scary thing to do, when instead the reality was that, once there, you enjoyed yourself? Or, when you expected something, such as help or support, to make a big difference to you, but the reality was that you were disappointed with the result? Free Hand’s explorations take a deeper look into the impact of these perceptions of expectation, and their consequences, on our mental health, and how they play a role in affecting our narrative.

Work displayed will show the results of Free Hand’s delves’ into perceptions of self, comforting space, the familiar, and the strange. Free to be interacted with throughout the exhibition, further in-depth sessions will be held on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th, from 2-4pm, including drawing and collage on the tents displayed, letter writing to past and future self, and large-scale ‘board game’ play with ‘protective factor’ tumbling blocks, to champion Free Hand’s message about the importance of community art.

About Free Hand sessions

Founded in 2015 by Charly Calpin, Free Hand offers sessions that provide peer support through creative activity for people living with anxiety and depression. Held weekly at CADS, and as a pop up at local events, each session sees a new task set, technique taught, or theme given, with the attendees offered relaxed guidance using materials provided. Free Hand’s sessions are informal and expectation-free, and allow attendees space to work on personal projects alongside those guided.


Entry: Free, sign up via our Eventbrite –

Follow: Twitter: @FreeHandSheff Facebook: /freehandsheffield


Free Hand Biographies:

Charly Calpin

After recognising that her Masters in Fashion and Textiles’ creative process helped her to feel positive and express herself, build her confidence, and manage her anxiety, Charly came to the realisation that this was what she wanted to help others achieve, too. Since Free Hand’s launch, Charly has done exactly that, hosting over 100 Free Hand creative sessions, as well as fostering successful collaborations at events and with other organisations, artists and makers, across Sheffield.

Hannah Roast

Hannah is Free Hand’s right-hand woman, a caffeine fuelled artist based in Sheffield. She can usually be found:
Drinking: tea
Eating: toast
Listening to: Bjork
Drawing: humans and non-humans

For more information, please contact Free Hand at

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