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.
“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 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.”
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.