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.
“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.”
“Since my first degree course I’ve been a writer, photographer and graphic designer. I started a transition to the fields of arts and crafts a few years ago, running after-school craft classes and working in a gallery. I am also reading for a second degree, in Creative Arts, at the University for the Creative Arts.”
“I’ve always loved anything creative and strongly believe in its importance for well-being and happiness!”
What do you think of the training?
“The Creative Minds training is excellent, it is really comprehensive – James has thought of everything! I felt totally ready to start up my exciting new business venture.”
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.
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.