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Thanks to all who took part in our Sponsored Walk!

A 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,justgiving.com/cooltanartssponsoredwalk2014

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.

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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS7iQiK5C-A

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 – 10th December

‘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!

Wednesday 10th December, 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.

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Schedule:
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 tara@cooltanarts.org.uk

 

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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.

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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 olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk

 

 

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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 Creative Workshops – 2015 Schedule

CoolTan are running a new series of FREE 12 week  workshops from the 5th 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. **Exciting new programme, book your place now**  Call 020 7701 2696 or email olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Workshop Dates
Art – Tuesdays 11-1pm – 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 11-1pm – 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 -  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 -  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 11-1pm – 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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CoolWalks – New Dates

CoolTan are excited to have several new CoolWalks coming up in 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 http://coolwalksblog.blogspot.co.uk/, or email coolwalksinfo@gmail.com or twitter @CoolWalks

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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 emmathatcher@cooltanarts.org.uk

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