Creative Minds is an arts organisation and social enterprise and was founded in November 2012 by James Cropper and is based in Guildford, Surrey. Over the last 4 years our Art Sessions have had a huge impact on the lives of older adults, people with learning disabilities and adults in the community enabling people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity.
Our Art Sessions are delivered by our community of Creative Minds Artists across the country and enable the participants to explore their creativity and create art and crafts with the support and guidance of an experienced artist. As a community we currently deliver over 250 Art Sessions a month to over 1300 participants and these figures are climbing. As a social enterprise we have 2 important social aims which are key to what we do…
Our social aims are:
To empower and enhance people’s lives through art and creativity. We want to empower the individual and improve their well-being.
To make art accessible to everyone. We want to encourage as many people as possible to give art and crafts a go.
We are continually striving to achieve our social aims ensuring that as many people as possible can benefit from our services and access art. Every artist who joins Creative Minds believes passionately about the arts for health and well being and is aligned with our social aims.
“Creative Minds exists to bring joy to the lives of vulnerable people, children and communities enriching their lives through art and creativity. We want to support and enable people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity and enjoy creating art through our proven approach and methods delivered in our Art Sessions.”
“When I turned 50 I embarked on one of my greatest adventures; becoming an art student, a dream I had chased since I was 15 (35 years ago!). And now here I am living my dream as Creative Minds Artist, a joy and a privilege.”
“Anything arty is my friend especially if I can make a mess. I am passionate that others should have access and opportunity to discover art in all its guises and joyousness whether its pencil and paper; clay, pastel, felt or anything inbetween, alongside the motto “there is no such thing as a mistake in art.”
Has working as a Creative Minds Artist met your expectations?
“Yes! The clients and the art combined are perfect. I believe greatly in what we are doing and power of art and how it can make a huge difference to people’s lives.”
“After graduation in 2005, I exhibited textiles and jewellery in galleries and fairs, and artist-led workshops at museums and galleries, participatory installations with the public through drop-in workshops through to working with rural artisans in India and leading textile jewellery workshops in Athens. In 2011 I was invited to create a hand-stitched paper artwork by the NHS for a breast cancer clinic in a local hospital to meet the brief ‘Serenity’. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this work acknowledging how the sensitivity of colour and texture can affect our sense of calm one of the most challenging times.”
“For my final MA project in 2013, I installed an interactive wall of colourful haberdashery, spices and other unexpected materials that I invited visitors to select from off the wall for a spontaneous creative workshop. The experiences were recorded on notes written by each participant and hung on the wall. I have also gained a PTTLS qualification for my work as a textile jewellery tutor in the life-long learning sector.”
“I believe the encouragement of artistic expression can play a crucial part in the physical and mental healing process as it can help raise self-esteem, inspire hope and encourage a joyful attitude to each day. My interest in therapy through creativity has been profoundly deepened by leading workshops for women survivors of human trafficking, local women’s charities, and running workshops for the inaugural Mental Wealth Festival at adult education college City Lit.”
“I have always been creative, having not followed my artistic ambitions and worked in human resources in the NHS for over 20 years; I am now undertaking a wonderfully creative working life being a Creative Minds Artist. It is a joy and privilege to work with our clients producing art they are really proud of and to share the amazing art produced by everyone.”
Has becoming a Creative Minds Artist met your expectations?
“Yes, from the first break on my first day training I knew I had made the right decision to become a Creative Minds Artist and the flexibility allows me to balance family life and still find time to mosaic.”
Our vibrant community is growing and we are always looking for artists who are supportive and compassionate to join us enabling people to explore their creativity.