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 enjoyed being creative for as long as I can remember. I love working in all sorts of different mediums, my favourite being acrylic/mixed media paintings and biro illustrations. I set up a small picture framing business in 2004 called Tyler Studios. I also write and illustrate children’s books. I have recently moved from living on a boat, moored up off Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, to a thatched roof cottage in Wiltshire, to be closer to family.
I think creating and feeling proud of yourself is fundamental to feeling positive in life. I am very happy to be a part of Creative Minds. It gives me great pleasure be able to help individuals express themselves and give them the confidence to try something new.
The training from James at Creative Minds was brilliant. The whole way through the process I felt supported. Everything was very well explained and I knew there was someone I could turn to for help and advice if I had any questions. By the end of the training I had everything I needed to get going straight away, having all the materials and guidance necessary to feel confident to approach care homes and start the art sessions.
I began exploring my artistic flair back in 2001 when I was encouraged to take an opportunity to leave full time employment and return to Further Education. The creative journey has transformed the way I view the world and I have been lucky enough to work in my local Primary School for 13 years teaching Art as one of my subjects, returning to University in 2012 to finally complete my Fine Art Degree on a part-time basis. Having graduated in 2016 I am thrilled to now be working in such a worthwhile creative business, with the network support of a great bunch of professional artists. Being able to explore such a vast range of art mediums and materials is incredible whilst sharing the joy of creativity with others.
I am also continuing to create my own mixed-media conceptual art pieces, currently exhibiting with a fantastic art group in my local area.
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.