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International Men’s Day 2014

mens dayFor the third year CoolTan will be celebrating International Men’s Day with a packed programme of events.

Wednesday 19th November

12pm – 6.00pm at CoolTan Arts

Join us for a fun, friendly afternoon to meet new people and learn new things. All welcome!


Talk on Men’s Appearance  12:15 – 1pm

Self Advocacy Session: How the mental health system impacts on masculinity 1.15 – 2.15pm

Exercise at Home Workshop 2:30 – 3:15pm

Men’s Cooking Group run by Rik – quick and simple healthy food. 3:30 – 5:30pm

Poetry 5 – 6pm

Throughout the day we will have tasty homemade snacks availble, which particularly  benefit men’s health, kindly prepared by our Cooking Club.
We will also be offering Free Men’s Health Checks for men between 40-70 years (TBC )– Pre-booking essential.

Contact Olivia for more information: or 020 7701 2696


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Thanks to all who took part in our Sponsored Walk!

4-andreaA massive thank you to everyone who took part in this brilliant day, we have now raised nearly £10,000 for CoolTan!

If you would still like to donate and help us reach our £10,000 target you can do so online here: www,

About 90 people gathered for our Innovation and Transformation Sponsored Walk on Saturday, 11 October, when we walked from Maudsley Hospital to Waterloo. Led by our Largactyl Shuffle group, this fun guided walk through London’s history, celebrated World Mental Health Day, and raised funds for CoolTan Arts.

This year’s theme was Innovation and Transformation in Medicine, Technology and Art, exploring the impact of WW1. We were joined by the Artist Taxi Driver Mark McGowan, who is known internationally for his performance art, and kindly decided to get out his cab and walk the talk to beat stigma.

Our first stop was just around the corner at the Institute of Psychiatry, where we heard about William Rivers’ pioneering treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome during the First World War. We then stopped to install two white memorial bikes at the junction of Albany Road and Camberwell Road. This was where one of our most valued volunteers, Richard Muzira, was sadly killed in a cycling accident last year.

We afterwards moved on to St Peter’s Church in Liverpool Grove and heard talks about zeppelin raids, conscientious objectors and the writer Vera Britain, who worked as a nurse in a military hospital in Myatt’s Fields during WW1.

There was a further talk about the war poets Wilfred Owen and Seigfreid Sassoon on the way to the Imperial War Museum, where we heard about art and prosthetics and the important role that black soldiers played during WW1. Our walk finished at The Vaults in Waterloo with cakes, hot drinks and a big thanks to everybody who did such a great job in fundraising for CoolTan Arts.

See our film of the event, made by our brilliant video group:

Review by Tim Russell. Photography by Julija Tamuleviciute, Andrea Abril, Shahin Shahablou, Nuala Hamilton, Rik Sanders and Michelle Baharier.

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CoolTan Arts Open Day – 18th November

‘CoolTan Arts’ – Mixing creativity with enhanced mental wellbeing!

  • Want to take a taster for self advocacy? Find out how to make your voice heard!
  • Want to find out why drawing is helpful for your mental health?
  • How about taking a taste of some of our healthy ‘cooking club cuisine’?
  • Find out why people come to CoolTan Arts!
  • What should you do? …

Come to CoolTan Arts Open Day!

Tuesday 18th November, 1-3pm at CoolTan Arts, Third Floor,
224 – 226 Walworth Road, London SE17 1JE

Drop in any time between 1 and 3pm to find out more about CoolTan Arts.

Open Day photo

1pm – Introduction and welcome
1:15 – ‘Why I Come to CoolTan’ (participant)
1:20 – Taster session of Self Advocacy
1:30 – Tour of building
1:45 – Talk about how creativity can enhance mental wellbeing in Art Room 2, including a practical drawing exercise
2.20 – Break for refreshments
2.30 – Q&A session and registration
3pm END

For more information contact Tara Logan-Shand at


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Seasonal Gifts from CoolTan Arts

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Are you after some unique gifts for friends or loved ones during the festive season?

Visit the CoolTan Arts shop COOLTRADE to check out greeting cards made by CoolTan participants and other great gifts like our Food for Mood Cookbook.

The Food for Mood Cookbook explores the important link between food and mood and has beautifully illustrated recipes for some of our favourite culinary creations. Researched, written and designed by CoolTan Arts’ participants, Food for Mood serves up recipes and stories that reflect heritages from all over the globe. It would be a perfect gift for anyone!

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New art exhibition ‘Innovation and Transformation’

***New art exhibition***

CoolTan’s new art exhibition is  ‘Innovation and Transformation’ a showcase of new works by CoolTan Arts participants in celebration of World Mental Health Day.

Twenty artists have produced pieces which map advances in medicine, engineering, and technology during the 20th century. From the emergence of the light bulb to the discovery of Penicillin, the artists have explored wide-ranging examples of innovative ideas which have had a lasting and transformative impact.

The mixed media artwork is mounted on A3 boards, mimicking the style of the visually-striking pin-up poster.


Exhibition runs from 16th October 2014 until 16th January 2015. Gallery open Monday to Thursday 10-5:45, Fridays 10-5.

Venue: CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224–236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE

Contact: 020 7701 2696 or email



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Black History Celebration – Photo Review


CoolTan celebrated Black History Month with a series of workshops in Poetry and Cooking exploring personal family histories and celebrating and honouring the first generation of migrants from the Caribbean and Africa.

The finale of this was a brilliant celebration on the 16th October where around 40 people enjoyed live spoken word performances and sampled delicious food created from African and Caribbean recipes by CoolTan’s Cooking Club. A special thanks to the tutors Antiqu’e and Jill Newman who led the sessions and all the volunteers and participants who contributed to the event.

This event was made possible by funding from Southwark Council. In Southwark, Black History Month has been recognised for over 20 years with a month long programme of exciting and inspirational events and workshops.

Photography by Andrea Abril and Shahin Shahablou.

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Southwark Stars – well done everyone!

Big congratulations to CoolTan volunteers Saffron Saidi, Tim Ajayi and Derell Kanell-Johnson who have won prestigious Southwark Stars awards for volunteering.

On Tuesday 7th October at the Keyworth Centre in London South Bank University award winners enjoyed a ceremony, refreshments and entertainment and received their certificates from Cllr Peter John.

Long term volunteer Saffron was honoured with a special award as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ due to her outstanding contribution.


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CoolTan Council

Picture11CoolTan Arts is looking for willing people to join the CoolTan Arts Council!

CoolTan Council is a group of volunteers and participants who want to make a difference at CoolTan Arts, and in Southwark.

We are looking for people who would like to develop their public speaking, peer-support and employability skills.
(Training will be offered to participants and volunteers who wish to undertake an active role in the CoolTan Council.)

The next meeting will be on 4th November at 1.30pm. Lunch will be provided!

What can I do for CoolTan Arts?
This meeting will focus on the future of CoolTan Arts’ building and what has happened with previous plans.
Don’t stay silent! Use your voice for CoolTan Arts!

If you are interested please speak with Kaya or Tara or email or or call 0207 701 2696.

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CoolWalks – New Dates for 2014

CoolTan are excited to have several new CoolWalks coming up in October, November and December 2014.
CoolWalks are guided walks for wellbeing, giving participants to opportunity to get to know more about their local area’s history and their local Southwark libraries.

Full details on, or email or twitter @CoolWalks

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CoolTan Arts CoolWalk – War in Walworth

Saturday, 8th November 2014, 12:30pm
On Remembrance Weekend CoolTan Arts CoolWalk invite you to join us on a free walk to reflect on the stories and experiences that war has had on the citizens of Walworth and nearby.
The walk is approximately 4 miles and is suitable for all walkers.  We would ask participants to bring a bottle of water, wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing.  There will be a short stop where you will be able to eat your own snack or purchase something to eat.

Start: Newington Temporary Library, Elephant Artworks – Second floor, Elephant Road, SE17 1LB
Start Travel Details: Bus: 12, 21, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 136, 148, 171, 172, 176, 343, 363, 453, 468, P5
Rail: Train to Elephant & Castle, Tube: Elephant & Castle
Finish: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
Finish Travel Details: Tube: Lambeth North, Waterloo or Elephant and Castle, Train: London Waterloo, Waterloo East, or Elephant and Castle, Bus: 12, 148, 159, 109, 344 and 360.

CoolTan Arts CoolWalk – Regeneration
Saturday, 27th November 2014, 12:30pm
CoolTan Arts CoolWalks invites you to join us on a free guided walk to explore the area’s regenerations, including those of the past, of the present and the plan’s for the area’s future.  Learn new things, make friends, get fit and have fun.  But hurry – blink and you might miss it.

Start: East Street Library, 168-170 Old Kent Road, SE1 5TY
Start Travel Details: Bus: 21, 42, 53, 63, 172, 453
Finish: Imperial War Museum
Finish Travel Details: Tube: Lambeth North, Waterloo or Elephant and Castle, Train: London Waterloo, Waterloo East, or Elephant and Castle, Bus: 12, 148, 159, 109, 344 and 360.

CoolTan Arts CoolWalk – Freedom
Saturday, 13th December 2014, 12:30pm
Freedom is built one thought and one hope at a time.  Join CoolTan Arts CoolWalks on a free guided public walk through Camberwell to discover the area’s freedom fighters.  Learn new things, make friends, get fit and have fun.

Start: Camberwell Library, 17-21 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
Start Travel Details: Bus: 12, 35, 40, 42, 45, 171, 176, 185, 436, 36, 345, 484, Tube: Kennington, Oval or Elephant and Castle, Train: Denmark Hill
Finish: Black Cultural Archives, Brixton
Finish Travel Details: 3-5 minute walk from Brixton tube and rail station, Buses: 2, 3, 35, 37, 45, 59, 109, 118, 133, 159, 196, 250, 333, 415, 432, P4, P5.



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Out Now – New Issue of CoolFruit: The CoolTan Arts Review

Following the success of last year’s pilot, we are pleased to announce that Issue 1 of CoolFruit, Spring june_coolfruit_coverinto Summer, is now available.

Click here to read

Packed with artwork, poetry, recipes, artist’s profiles and lively articles to inform, delight and guide you smoothly from Spring into Summer.

Read about exciting CoolTan projects and get the insider’s view with articles by CoolTan participants and volunteers. Learn about the CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle as well as CoolTan’s new Artangel collaboration At the Crossroads with Vincent. Consider the issues around deportation and its effects on mental health. Be informed and demystified about the ESA process and be delighted by a whole selection of articles to take you exploring on a path to mental wellbeing.

We hope you will enjoy reading this issue as much as we have enjoyed creating it!

Happy reading!

To make sure you’re on our mailing list and get a link to future issues as soon as they are available, please contact

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Largactyl Shuffle Literary Walk November 2014

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Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle for our Literary Walk, a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical wellbeing.

Date: Saturday 15th November 2014
Time: 11.45am – 4pm
Start: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ
End: Peckham Rye.
Cost: free/voluntary donation

Setting off from Maudsley Hospital, the walk will commemorate William Blake’s birthday and we will stop en route for talks celebrating South London’s literary world, looking at novelists, poets and scriptwriters with connections to the area. These will include the painter, poet and printmaker William Blake, the poets Dylan Thomas and Robert Browning and Victorian crime fiction.

What, when and where?

Please meet outside the entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ, at 11.45am. The walk leaders will be wearing orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. The full walk is about 4.5 miles and lasts about 4 hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water.

Largactyl Shuffle walks are suitable for all levels of walking and are accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. You can join us for whatever tickles your fancy feet, whether it is half a mile, one mile or the full distance!!

Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day. The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. All are welcome!

For more information, see or contact Emma Thatcher by email or phone: or 020 7701 2696. All contributions are much appreciated


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