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.
My art journey began 17 years ago…when I started taking various weekly classes with some amazing teachers.
After having home-schooled my two teenagers to GCSE level, I returned back to work a year ago. Being in the corporate world has made me increasingly aware that I wanted to be in a more caring role incorporating my love of art. I have enjoyed teaching and creating over the years, so when I found the Creative Minds website, I was so excited about the possibility of becoming part of this wonderful community.
Over the years I have given many art lessons and craft sessions and it has always amazed me seeing people’s faces light up when they realise they can create something beautiful…
Art is for everyone and Creative Minds reaches people in a wonderfully encouraging, engaging, caring way.
James has developed comprehensive training to equip the artist to go into homes, schools and communities with confidence. He has also thought of everything that we would need to consider about the business right through from the set up to the execution of the art sessions.
To me, Creative Minds is a perfect fit as I am a strong and passionate believer that Art is accessible to everyone and that art is therapeutic for many reasons.
Discovering this opportunity to join a community of like-minded artists who want to make a difference was an instant decision. To have the opportunity to offer all sorts of creativity to people makes me very happy and excited.
I have always loved art and was fortunate enough to have a supporting family that allowed me to ditch the desk job and venture…I have been there for my family to grow and now looked for a new experience.
My first love was clay, then painting and then photography and the past 3 years have seen me picking up my own tools again making and I am always experimenting with how to cross over techniques and applications.
There are so many mediums to use, whether on their own or together, watercolour, pastel, clay, collage the possibilities are endless and there is no such thing as wrong and that is why art makes such a difference….
What did I think about the training?
The two days that James provided were enjoyable, informative and built up such a positive start to this venture. There were answers to our questions and great insight into running the business. The start-up pack is brilliant and the support he and Sarah have given me is amazing. There is so much information available and the Creative Minds community is so welcoming. If any artist is looking to change their life and make a difference….do it!
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.