“I have always enjoyed being creative and feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend most of my life either doing art or teaching it. Having graduated with a degree in fine art from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1995, I spend several years producing and selling my own work, before training as a teacher in 2002. I have spent 13 years teaching art and textiles to 11-16 year old’s which has been an amazing experience, but when I found out about Creative Minds I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I have worked for a charity who support and deliver art therapy for the past year and have seen the benefits that art can have for mental health and well being. It is fantastic to be able to use my skills as an artist and teacher to help enrich the lives of others and encourage creativity, which we all know is good for the soul.”
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining Creative Minds?
“It was a bit scary giving up a good job with a secure income, but I am so glad I did, and I would encourage anyone else who is thinking of becoming a Creative Minds Artist to take the opportunity and discover how rewarding delivering Art Sessions can be.”
Having spent the past nine years studying for a Master’s degree in Chemistry and working as a research scientist in the civil service and in the private sector, I am definitely ready to hang up my science hat and put on my apron to take up a new venture in the arts sector, which has always been my true passion. Amazingly, Creative Minds has presented me with an opportunity to change career path and follow my dream without the necessity for restudying. I believe passion, personality, and a desire to enhance peoples lives are the most important credentials for being a Creative Minds Artist.
The Creative Minds training has provided me with the confidence to deliver the art sessions and set-up my business. Although slightly nervous about starting, I am also excited to be taking on a profession which combines my interest in all things creative and my desire to make a difference.
“After completing a degree in Illustration I spent time living and working in India and South Korea. On returning to the UK I trained as an Art Psychotherapist and have been working in adult mental health for the last 5 years. I decided to join Creative Minds as I wanted a new challenge and the opportunity to grow a business with like minded people providing a valuable service to enhance the lives and give a voice to those who are often devalued and marginalised in our society.”