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 350 Art Sessions a month to over 1600 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 truly believe that art is therapy for the soul and that it should be accessible for everyone. I cannot remember a time when I’ve not been doing, thinking about or teaching it.”
“I have trained in Graphic Design/Illustration and am currently studying part-time for my BA in Fine Art. I continue to paint for myself, and also for some commission based projects.”
“I had the privilege of teaching art in a secondary school to pupils with complex needs and it was fantastic to witness them becoming more confident, courageous and experimental as they explored new mediums and ways of working.”
What led you to join the Creative Minds community?
“Creative Minds ticks all the boxes for me as it combines my passion for art and my desire to support and encourage people within a community of caring professionals.”
Since leaving Art College, many years ago, I have worked in a variety of creative jobs including scene painting, prop making, window dressing, graphics and even sculpting and painting figures in a wax works studio!
For the last eight years I have worked in a Primary School teaching Art and Crafts. It is a fabulous job which I find very rewarding.
I feel so lucky to be part of the ‘Creative Minds’ team. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to work in the community and to bring a little piece of creative happiness into people’s lives.
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.