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.
“After completing a degree in Illustration I spent time living and working in India and South Korea. On returning to the UK I trained as an Art Psychotherapist and have been working in adult mental health for the last 5 years. I decided to join Creative Minds as I wanted a new challenge and the opportunity to grow a business with like minded people providing a valuable service to enhance the lives and give a voice to those who are often devalued and marginalised in our society.”
“I am academically trained as a painter in different mediums, I have exercised sculpture, installation and craft.”
“I am delighted to be part of Creative Minds and I am looking forward to delivering Art Sessions and helping Creative Minds to provide opportunity for everyone to enjoy art and to share the joy of creativity. I will be delivering Art Sessions in Surrey.”
Why did you want to join Creative Minds?
“I have been private tutoring different ages and I was an art teacher at a bilingual school after my BA. When I came across Creative Minds, I thought this is exactly what I’m looking for.”
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.