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About Us:

CoolTan Arts is an award winning arts in mental health charity run by and for adults with mental distress. We believe that mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity.

There’s something for everyone at CoolTan. We run a vibrant community arts centre in Walworth Road, Southwark, South London. We provide a friendly, safe and supportive space, offering creative workshops, self-advocacy, art projects, stigma-busting cultural walks, a public art gallery, and an inclusive volunteering and training programme. In the last year we worked face-to-face with more than 2000 people from across London.

We aim to promote positive mental health/wellbeing, bringing about a change in how our participants perceive themselves, enabling people to gain greater focus and to re-establish their relationship with society.  We achieve this through quality arts education with professional outcomes such as public exhibitions, and social enterprise principles.

Read our 2013-2014 Auual Report here: CoolTan Arts Annual Report 2013- 2014

Our Mission:

CoolTan Arts exists to inspire and transform the lives of people with mental-distress/disabled and with long term conditions though creativity and self-advocacy. CoolTan Arts enables people to re-connect with their aspirations, develop professional skills, stay well and have an improved quality of life.

Inspire, Imagine, Create!

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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