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 200 Art Sessions a month to over 1000 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.”
“As a child I loved to draw, paint and be messy, and not much has changed. I followed a traditional art education journey achieving a diploma, and then I pursued a love for creating characters as a Professional Make up artist for TV and film. After qualifying I worked on low budget projects around the country, developing my understanding for 3D design, mask making and sculpture.
What has always interested me as an artist is expression and process, interpreting ideas and emotions visually. I have always been drawn towards mixed media merging traditional techniques to create something with depth and texture. I love to be tactile and repurpose tools like painting a portrait using glue sticks or old credit cards.
Recently my inspiration has shifted after having my son. He made me realise how accessible art is – there are no rules or restrictions. Watching how much fun he has discovering new skills is hugely rewarding.
The training Creative Minds has given me has been so beneficial. I’m so happy to be a part of such a welcoming community of Artists, who share the same values. The shadowing session was fantastic. It really gave me a great insight into what being a part if Creative Minds is all about. I felt in my element and excited to get more involved.”
“I have always loved the arts but my parents dissuade me from pursuing a career in the creative industries. I finally plucked up the courage in my 40′s to leave a well paid admin job and study for a BA in Fine Art. It was my ambition to do something with my art degree however, life had other plans and I ended up behind a desk again doing a 9-5 admin job with plenty of unpaid overtime, leaving little time to make art.”
“When I saw the ad for Creative Minds artists I thought it was too good to be true. After my first telephone interview I recall my partner remarking, ‘I’ve never seen you smile so much.’ I’m still smiling because at last I have the opportunity to realise my dream.”
What would you say to other people thinking about joining the Creative Minds?
“Well it’s a great opportunity to work within the arts and earn a living. The start up package is excellent and covers everything needed to run the sessions. Creative Minds has a sound concept and a vision to grow into a larger enterprise.”
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.