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Buy tickets to the Affordable Art Fair and support CoolTan Arts!

Affordable Art Fair

Calling all art lovers, art connoisseurs, and art novices!

Enjoy an exclusive preview of the artworks at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea and help support CoolTan Arts.

Buy tickets for the Charity Private View on 11 March 2015.
Tickets cost £25 each. All proceeds will go directly to CoolTan Arts. Buy online here:

CoolTan Arts are delighted to be chosen as the charity beneficiary for the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea from 11-15 March 2015. Location: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ.

The fair kicks off with a Charity Preview Night on Wednesday 11 March, 5.30 – 9.30 pm, where you can indulge in a drink or two, thanks to the lovely folks at Laithwaite’s Wine, and enjoy a gander of the galleries free from the weekend rush.

There will be over 100 galleries exhibiting under one roof at The Affordable Art Fair, the UK’s leading showcase for contemporary art from £100 – £5,000. For experienced collectors and first-time buyers alike, there’s no easier or more enjoyable way to fall in love with that perfect piece of art.

Be sure to also visit CoolTan’s stand during the fair to take home some original pieces from the CoolTan artists!Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London


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Open Day, Volunteer Forum and Peace Day – 21st January

Come to CoolTan Arts Open Day, Volunteer Forum and Peace Day!

Wednesday 21st January, 1-5pm at CoolTan Arts, Third Floor,
224 – 226 Walworth Road, London SE17 1JE

“Peace is a gift,
It is a gift we give to ourselves
And then to each other.” – Richard Goode

Peace DayCome and join us at CoolTan Arts as we celebrate Peace Day with open arms! Throughout the afternoon we will be hosting a range of exciting events about the search for inner peace through creativity, including:

• Journalist and ambassador for SANE, Rachel Kelly, author of Black Rainbow, will be joining us to talk about how creativity can help in the fight against depression.

• A talk by our self-advocacy tutor, Tara Shard, on how we can seek inner peace in our mental health.

• A series of workshops ranging from how to make origami doves to discussion and thought about why inner peace is so important to our wellbeing.

• Our ever-popular cookery group will be providing refreshments: a Peace of pie to promote serenity!

There will also be many opportunities to talk to us and learn more about what we do at CoolTan Arts, from what it’s like to come to our classes to how much fun it is to volunteer with us. And if you’re interested in volunteering, you can even stay for our Volunteers Forum which will follow afterwards!

Refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon – if you would like to lead part of the forum please email Sarah

Open Day photo


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CoolTan Arts in Guardian Christmas charity appeal








CoolTan Arts are very excited to be one of the Guardian’s Christmas Appeal charities, we’d like to say a big thanks to the Guardian for their support!

Each year they choose a theme to support over the festive period and this year they have chosen mental health. We are one of nine mental health charities who are selected to benefit along with Mind, Starwards, MAC UK, Kidstime Foundation, Rethink, Samaritans, Centre for Mental Health and Gardening Leave.

Check out this wonderful article about us by Simon Hattenstone:

You can keep track of the appeal online on the Guardian website:, or follow on Twitter under the hashtag #GuardianChristmas.

If you would like to donate and support the appeal please do so directly here:


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CoolTan Creative Workshops – 2015 Schedule


CoolTan are running a new series of FREE 12 week  workshops from January 2015. Workshops are open to all people 18+ with experience of mental distress (self defined) who are currently unemployed.

Come along, gain new skills, meet new people and explore your creative side. Friendly and relaxed environment, with small groups and professional tutors.

**Book your place now**  Call 020 7701 2696 or email

Workshop Dates

Art – Tuesdays 11-1pmStarts 6th January (12 weeks) Empower yourself through creativity with our unique art workshop. Experiment with different themes and styles, and  explore various art techniques, such as acrylic, watercolours, charcoal etc. Meet like minded people in this small friendly group with a professional and supportive tutor. Suitable for all levels. Embrace the opportunity to exhibit in CoolTan and beyond!
Film – Tuesdays 11-1pmStarts 6th January. (12 weeks) Learn how to do your own film-making and editing. Use some of the latest cameras and sound microphones to make your own creative piece of work for internet or DVD. Along the way you will gain a good working knowledge of the Final Cut Pro editing programme. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.
Creative Writing – Wednesdays 11-1pm –  Starts 7th January. (12 weeks) Explore techniques, find inspiration and learn how structure your writing to make it exciting and engaging. Come along, learn, create and enjoy!
WordPress – Thursdays 1:30-3:30pm –  Starts 8th January. (12 weeks) Be guided step-by-step through the process of how to create a customised mini website, using WordPress, the popular free blogging platform. We’ll be covering the basics of WordPress installation, how to use the WordPress dashboard, how to create and modify menus, content pages and posts, handling digital media, such as images and videos, as well as exploring the many options available to customise the appearance and design. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.
Photoshop – Thursdays 11-1pmStarts 15th January. (12 weeks) Learn how to edit and retouch your photography to a professional standard. Use layers, filters, text and drawing tools to create artistic effects.  Gain the skills to cut out and combine images to create collages, posters and artworks. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.
Location: CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
With thanks to our funders:


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Free Photography and Local History Workshops – enter photo competition ‘Elephant & Castle’s Finest’

Photography workshopParticipate in a photography project run by Cooltan Arts and the Mace team at Newington Butts.

The theme of the project is ‘Elephant & Castle’s Finest’ – capture Elephant & Castle and the neighbouring areas at their best; to show its hidden treasures.

CoolTan will run free workshops in street photography and local history (led by the Largactyl Shuffle) on Tuesday 13th, 20th, 27th January. 10-2pm.

To take part in the workshops please contact Olivia Moyes 020 7701 2696

Competition info:
Open to all who like photography, no need to take part in the workshops.
Images need to meet the following criteria:
*Taken by at least 2 or 3 megapixel camera
*JPEG files only
*File names should include the participant’s name
*Submit a maximum of three images

Please email images to by 4pm on Friday 6th February.

An exhibition of participants’ photos will be held on 24th February 2015.
A panel of judges will select a number of the photos for public display on the hoarding of Mace’s Newington Butts project. One image will also be turned into a card for CoolTan Arts’ shop.

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Help create a new artist app at CoolTan in 2015

Artist appFollowing the success of the Van Gogh walk launched earlier this year, CoolTan Arts is continuing the collaboration with Artangel, artist R.M. Sánchez-Camus and Pan Studios with a new digital media project.

Every Wednesday 10:30am-1:00pm @ CoolTan Arts Computer Lab
Starting 4th February 2015
Workshops are every week until the July and open to everyone. Drop in whenever you can!

Learn about smartphone technology, apps, GPS, interactivity and how to extend artmaking into the public sphere. Workshops will give hands on art training in social projects, sound projects, walking and digital media.

The project will explore the balance of the real/conscious vs. the imaginary/subconscious offering participants a safe space in which to play with their creativity, as an act of creative living.

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the crossroads of digital media and art making. If you would like to participate please contact to register for the workshops.

If you haven’t heard the walk, you can stream or download it here:

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CoolTan Arts Exhibition – A Remix of the Local

remixCoolTan Volunteers put together a great exhibition of past and present work for Artworks at The Elephant!

On the 13th December CoolTan Arts opened our latest exhibition entitled ‘A Remix of the Local’ at Units 26 and 28 of the new Artworks development at the Heygate. The opening event, which featured work from past and present participants, staff and volunteers was a great success and a festive time was had by all!

We now have this space until at least the middle of January so stay posted for more details! If you would like to arrange a free private showing of the current exhibition please email

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CoolTan Council

Picture11CoolTan Council – What can it do for me?
CoolTan Council is a group of volunteers and participants who want to make a difference at CoolTan Arts, and in Southwark. 

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th January at 1:30pm.

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.)
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!

Speak to Kaya or Tara in Self Advocacy, call 0207 701 2696 for information or e-mail or

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CoolWalks – New Dates

CoolTan are excited to have new CoolWalks coming up in January 2015.
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.

Freedom walkCoolTan CoolWalks – Film Locations in the Borough
Saturday, 10th January, 2015 and Thursday, 29th January, 2015
Time: 12:30pm
Start Location: John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA

Lights! Camera! Action!  You’ve seen the film and got the DVD – now join CoolTan Arts CoolWalks on a free guided walk to get up close and personal with the streets and buildings of Borough and Bankside that many familiar films have used as their backdrop.  Learn new things, make friends, get fit and have fun.

Start at John Harvard Library at 12:30pm and finish at Tate Modern at 3:00pm.

The walk is approximately 1.5 miles and we would ask participants to wear sensible walking footwear and weather appropriate clothing.

Nearest tube.- Train: London Bridge
Bus: 21, 35, 40, 133, 343

Full details on, or email or twitter @CoolWalks


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CoolWalks Robert Larkin Frost to run Brighton Half Marathon

brightonCoolWalks Project Coordinator, Robert Larkin-Frost is running the Brighton Half Marathon on February 22nd!

Rob is running in order to raise funds to support the good work of CoolTan Arts in providing positive and creative opportunities and support for
those with mental health issues. 

If you would like to sponsor Rob you can do so here:

Thanks so much Rob, we are sure you will do brilliantly!

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The Winter Issue of CoolFruit

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The latest issue of CoolFruit: The CoolTan Arts Review is out now!

We have some great articles on benefit sanctions and delays, CoolTan’s award-winning Self-Advocacy Project, mindfulness and more!

Learn all about the history of umbrellas and about how getting enough daylight can improve your mental wellbeing. Also – festive poetry, recipes, reviews and lots of artwork!

The new issue is on this page ( from December 5th. You can read past issues of CoolFruit there too.

If you are having problems accessing the magazine through the Issuu website, click here ( for copies you can download (these are large PDF files).

Make sure you are signed up to CoolTan’s mailing list to receive CoolFruit direct to your inbox.

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Men’s Day – A Review

Men's day-a reviewOn Wednesday 19th November CoolTan celebrated International Men’s Day with a packed programme of workshops and activities.

About 40 people attended CoolTan Arts during the afternoon and took part in workshops ranging from Cooking to Drumming to Exercise Techniques.

Our Self Advocacy group also ran a special session looking at Masculinity and Mental Health.

We also had on offer tasty snacks which benefit the prostate and free health checks were available. A brilliant day was had by all!

Photography by Jonathon Vines

Read more to see photos from the event…

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New Staff & New Project






Innovative Wellbeing Service started in August 2014 at CoolTan Arts.  We are based at Lambeth Walk Group Practice offering individual appointments and running a group open to all people looking to explore ways of improving their wellbeing and quality of life.
There are 2 new Wellbeing Advisors, Lulu & Renu.
Lulu has worked in statutory mental health settings for a decade and she is a passionate believer that engaging in the arts supports wellbeing.  Renu has worked voluntarily and in paid work with people experiencing emotional distress since 2001, she has knowledge of local communities and resources. She is keen to increase the accessibility to wellbeing services for everyone. The team are excited about developing and working on this exciting project at CoolTan Arts and welcome enquiries from anyone across London who want to participate in the wellbeing service. Also appointments to give a talk at your workplace is available. … you can contact them on or call the office on 020 7701 2696.


Innovative Wellbeing Service available to adults (18+) registered with any GP practices across London.

We are offering individual wellbeing support and wellbeing plans for people looking to explore ways of improving their wellbeing and quality of life. We currently run many free workshops, activities and training opportunities, places are limited. We also offer information on where to access other free and low cost services in the local area.

Make an appointment with a Wellbeing Advisor:
We are based at Lambeth Walk Group Practice,
5 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6SP (opposite War Museum, nearest tube Lambeth North)
020 7735 4412
Wellbeing Advisors are available on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1.30pm-5.30pm Friday 10.00am-1pm

Walk-In Wellbeing afternoons every Friday 2pm-4pm  

Come along to find out more about the ‘5 steps to wellbeing’ & free activities on offer.

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