About Us

CoolTan Arts believes mental well-being is enhanced by the power of creativity. It’s a charity run by and for adults with mental distress.

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We run a varied programme of creative workshops from our vibrant arts centre in Southwark’s lively Walworth Road, near Elephant & Castle; these include visual arts, textiles, digital arts, video, poetry, and performing arts. Our activities include exhibitions, public art projects and wellbeing walks which help break down the stigma of mental distress. CoolTan’s gallery/performance space offers other local community projects somewhere to exhibit and our volunteering and self advocacy programmes offer meaningful engagement and the opportunity to learn useful skills. We underpin all our activities with advocacy.

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We aim to promote positive mental health/well being, bringing about a change in how participants perceive themselves, enabling people to gain greater focus and to re-establish their relationship with society. We aim to offer life long learning and enable people to achieve qualification and accreditation status in the coming year. We achieve this through quality arts education with professional outcomes such as public exhibitions, and social enterprise principles.

CoolTan Arts was recently awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

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CoolTan Arts is a member of bassac.  ‘Located in areas of deprivation bassac members are united by a common goal – to tackle the causes and effects of poverty, exclusion and discrimination.’

Fore more information, please download a copy of the CoolTan Arts Annual Report 2013- 2014

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