Creative Minds is a social enterprise and arts organisation founded in November 2012 by James Cropper and is based in Guildford, Surrey. For over 5 years our art sessions have had a huge impact on the lives of older adults, people with learning disabilities, adults in the community and children, enabling people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity.
Our art sessions are delivered by our passionate community of artists across the country enabling the participants to explore their creativity and create wonderful artwork with the support and guidance of an experienced artist. Our nationwide community of artists currently visit over 210 venues delivering 350 art sessions to over 1500 participants a month. 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 a background in both art and business. I am an independent artist publishing and selling my own fine art photography, illustrations and photography services and have been running a successful business for the last 6 years as a professional photographer and business developer.
I have worked with clients large and small to create imagery to help promote their products and businesses as well as previously working for many years managing key accounts for a number of healthcare manufacturers.
I was drawn to Creative Minds through the brilliant work that they do. I have always been very passionate about art, creativity and imagination and Creative Minds artists use all of these in wonderful ways to inspire and engage people who can benefit the most.
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.