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Press Articles

CoolTan Arts regularly gets coverage in both local and national press and media. Have a look at our recent coverage below.


‘Listen to the BBC 5 live interview with CoolTan Poetry group members’, BBC Radio 5 live by Sam Walker and Chris Warburton 14/01/2018 Sunday Breakfast.


‘Creativity and Wellbeing in South London at CoolTan Arts’, SMart Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017 (page 19), If you are ever unwell, there is always someone at CoolTan for a much needed chat, by Elizabeth Morrow

‘Following the march of time – gently – through South London with Michael Caine and friends’, South London Press, 31 March 2017, CoolWalks Festival ‘Explore Exercise Exhale’ given one page feature about how our walks help mental health, by Toby Porter

‘Things To Do In London This Weekend: 25-26 February’, Londonist, 24 February 2017, LGBT Exhibition features in the Londonist Weekly roundup

’30 fab things to do in London this week’, Time Out, 27 February 2017, LGBT Exhibition features in the Time Out Weekly roundup

Community: LGBT COOL Night OUT, QX Magazine, 22 February 2017, LGBT Events and exhibiton featured in the Community back page of QX Magazine


‘Five charities on why International Men’s Day matters to them’, Telegraph Men, 19 November 2016, CoolTan Arts on why making a day all about on men’s mental health is so important

‘Arts and Mental Wellbeing’, Courtauld Alumni News, Autumn/Winter 2016, p.44, Courtauld Alumna and CoolTan staff member Elizabeth on her experiences in working in arts and mental health

Channel 4 News: Mental health: ex-ministers criticise Government, Channel 4 News, 18 November 2016, 7pm, by Symeon Brown, Channel 4 reports on poor funding for mental health, featuring CoolTan Arts

Hidden London caught by homeless photographers, BBC London, 10 October 2016, CoolTan photographer Saffron Saidi features on the front cover and wins First Prize in the People’s Choice category in the Cafe Art Calendar project

Should NHS pay for patients to socialise? The Sun, ‘me’ health supplement, 30 August 2016, The benefits of social prescription featuring interviews with two CoolTan participants

“In ‘Unmasked Women,’ Black British Female Artists Shine Bright”, Ebony, 31 August 2016, Interview with Nicole Crentsil, curator and founder of Unmasked Women

“These Are The Young Black Women Making Art About Mental Health” Huffington Post, 2 Sep 2016, feature on Unmasked Women

“We need to talk about Black Women and Mental Health”  gal-dem, 1 September 2016, feature on Unmasked Women

“Unmasked Women exhibition explores black British female experience with a focus on mental health” Evening Standard, 22 August 2016 The Evening Standard previews our partnership with Unmasked Women at the Artworks, Elephant & Castle

“Do We Need a Mental Health Awareness Week?” BBC Asian Network: Mim Shaikh , 26 May 2016 The #ShaikhDebate: Why do we need a week based around Mental Health Awareness? Mim explores how mental health affects British Asians and the associated cultural stigmas (at 01:51:00).

“Free And Cheap London Events: 23-29 May 2016”  Londonist, 22 May 2016  Features the CoolWalks Nunhead Library Walk

“Free London: Twist and a Turn” Time Out Magazine, April 26 – May 2 2016 CoolWalks Dicken’s London Borough is one of the picks of free events this week

“Things To Do In London Today: Friday 29 April 2016” Londonist, 29 April 2016  Features the Camberwell Freedom Fighters CoolWalk

“Developing a Best Practice Model: A CoolTan Arts Report on Personal Budgets” The Centre for Welfare Reform , April 2016 Inspired by their own poor experience of the implementation of personal budgets CoolTan Arts carried out some wider research to explore whether other small organisations like them were struggling with the new system

“BBC Mental Health Week”, BBC London News, 19 February 2016 CoolTan Arts featured in the BBC’s report on falling suicide rates in London, as part of a week-long campaign to raise awareness of mental health

“Things To Do In London: Friday 29 January 2016” Londonist, 29 January 2016 Featuring the CoolWalks famous movie locations tour



“Things To Do – Midsummer Solstice” Time Out Magazine, June 2015 CoolTan’s Midnight Walk is one of the picks of the week for Time Out.

“Dulwich Hamlet to play Peckham Town in charity friendly” Brixton Buzz, 10th May 2015 Short article about our partners Dulwich Hamlet football club and the charity friendly fro CoolTan.

“Creativity and wellbeing the CoolTan way” The Affordable Art Fair Magazine, March 2015 Article about CoolTan Arts and the work we do to promote wellbeing through creativity.

“Mental Health charities can help people where the NHS cannot” The Guardian – Press Article, 30 April 2015 With one in four people suffering from mental health problems each year, and one in 10 young people, the challenges facing services are significant.

“Ten reasons to donate to our mental health appeal” The Guardian, 16 January 2015 Article on the Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal

“Now food is for more than consoling myself’: Cooking for mental health” The Guardian – Press Article, 2nd January 2015 CoolTan Arts Cooking Club in the Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal blog with a special recipe them and Rosemary Shrager.



“Keir Starmer, Maggi Hambling and Denise Welch back the Christmas appeal” The Guardian, Tuesday 9th December 2014 Our patron, artist Maggi Hambling backs the Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal.

“Arts and activities centre liberates troubled minds” The Guardian – Press Article , 6th December 2014 CoolTan Arts in the Guardian Christmas Charity Appeal. Article by Simon Hattenstone.

“What makes integrated personal budgets for people with mental health problems work well?”  Social Care Institute for Excellence, SCIE Guide 55, December 2014. Based on evidence from various sources of knowledge, a number of issues arise as being key to the successful delivery of integrated personal budgets in mental health

“Brixton then and now: Cooltan Arts Squat to the gated Brixton Square” Brixton Buzz, 9th October 2014 Article on CoolTan’s orignal home of Brixton and its hugh cultural shift in the last 20 years.

“CoolTan Arts wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service” Equilibrium Magazine, Summer 2014 Nice mention of our recent award.

“Summer Solstice Midnight Walk” Metro, 20th June 2014 Our famous Midnight Walk is Pick of the Week for the Metro newspaper!

“Queen’s Award South London Press” South London Press, 10th June 2014 CoolTan Arts scoops top award to recognise excellence in volunteering.

“Van Gogh, Mondrian, Nicholson Baker, Hotel, The Dirties” Radio 4 – Saturday Review, 7th June 2014 A review of our new audio walk “At the Crossroads with Vincent”

“CoolTan Arts and Artangel: On Our Way Here” Disability Arts Online, 21st May 2014 On Our Way Here was the first in a series of four talks to accompany an exciting collaboration between CoolTan Arts and Artangel, held at The Type Museum. Review by Wendy Young.

“Guardian – Seven social care careers you may have not considered” Guardian Careers, 21st May 2014 The Guardian interviewed seven social care workers to identify what other job opportunities are there within the sector. Cooltan Arts very own Karen Unrue who works as a guidance worker was interviewed.

“CoolTan Arts Stays Up Lates at the Science Museum” Bethlem Heritage 13th May 2014 The Launch of the book and DVD celebrating CoolTan Arts’ project with the Science Museum.Volunteers from CoolTan Arts led the Largactyl Shuffle around the Science Museum LATES, covering topics such as representations of madness and the relationship between treatment and experiment in scientific psychology.

“Shuffling Through History” Disability Now, 3rd May 2014 The CoolTan Arts guided walk exploring the history of mental illness in south London is ideal for lovers of the past and people with mobility impairments, says Mike Shamash.

“CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle @ Science Museum LATES launch” Disability Arts Online, 2nd May 2014 Wendy Young went to the launch of ‘CoolTan Arts Stays Up, LATES’, a collaborative book and DVD on mental health heritage, held at The Science Museum’s Dana Centre 
South Kensington.

“Womens Walk – South London Press” South London Press, 21st March 2014 Coverage of the Largactyl Shuffle Women’s Day Walk.

“10 things to do under £10 this weekend” Stylist Magazine, 14th March 2014 First place recommendation for CoolTan’s Women’s Day Walk!

“The New Inquiry” The New Inquiry, 16th December 2013 Laurie Penny on mental health and welfare cuts affecting CoolTan Arts and others.

“Life After Richard” Big Issue Answers, 4th December 2013 Big Issue Answers talk to Michelle Baharier about the sad death of Richard Muzira.

“Mental Health Charity Remembers Crispin Aubrey” Paperboat, 16th November 2013 Paperboat came together with CoolTan Arts to host a literary walk of South London dedicated to the memory of lifelong campaigner and journalist Crispin Aubrey.

“Better Food Better Mood” Mental Health Practice Journal, Autumn 2013 Brief article on CoolTan Arts’ new Cooking Club.

“CoolTan Arts wins Southwark Arts Forum ‘Celebrating Diversity’ Award” School for Social Entrepreneurs, 30th October 2013 CoolTan Arts was awarded the SAF ‘Celebrating Diversity’ Award that is presented to a project or programme that champions inclusion and promotes the artistic endeavour of those from different backgrounds.

“Innovation Award for CoolTan Arts” My Health London, 29th October 2013 CoolTan Arts wins an ‘Innovation Award’ for its Mental Health Wellbeing Advisers Project.

“Hope, health and happiness: new show at arts charity” The Social Issue, 18th October 2013 Coverage of Stayin’ Alive, CoolTan’s art exhibition for World Mental Health Day 2013.

“Put Best Foot Forward” South London Press, 4th October 2013 Dulwich 10km for CoolTan Arts.

“CoolTan Arts shortlisted for Guardian Charity Awards from 1300 entrants” Disability Arts Online, 25th September 2013 The Guardian released its  shortlist for the 2013 Charity Awards and from 1300 original entrants, CoolTan Arts  made the final stage alongside thirty other charities.

“A Postcard to the World” Dulwich OnView, 26th July 2013 A review of CoolTan Arts exhibition at Canada Water Library.

“A Postcard to the World: artwork inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games” Guardian Social Care Network, 25th July 2013 Artwork from participants in CoolTan Art’s ‘A Postcard to the World’ project.

“CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Summer Solstice Midnight Walk” Equilibrium, Summer 2013 A review of CoolTan’s successful Summer Solstice Largactyl Shuffle looking at Mad Buildings in the borough of Southwark.

“Art Exhibition: A Postcard to the World” Living South, August 2013 Pick of the month for Living South’s art section!

“A Postcard to the World” Illumaink, 29th July 2013 A review of CoolTan’s final ‘A Postcard to the World’ exhibition at Canada Water Library.

Time Out, 18th June 2013 CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle in Timeout. Sadly Largactyl is not a species of large winged dinosaur…

“A Funding Fog” Arts Professional, 11th April 2013 “Explanation of personal budgets and the effect on CoolTan participants.” Disability News Service, 28th March 2013 Films highlight the human cost of cutting personalised support

“CoolTan Arts presents ‘Making it Happen’ at the BFI” Disability Arts Online, 29th March 2013 A review of CoolTan’s film screening at the BFI.

“90 percent not granted mental health budget personal budgets says charity CEO” Civil Society, 26th March 2013 CoolTan’s film showing on Personalisation at the BFI.

Great expectations as great great granddaughter opens exhibition” Southwark News, 14th March 2013 Marion Dickens opens CoolTan’s final Dickens News exhibition.

“Dickens’ outsiders revisited: charity’s new show” South London Press, 22 February 2013 CoolTan Arts unveils an exhibition celebrating the life and work of author Charles Dickens.

“A Day in the Life” NSEAD, Autumn 2013 “CoolTan Arts and Dickens” Equilibrium Magazine, Winter 2012-13 CoolTan Arts launches ‘The Ragshow Edition’, the third in a series of exhibitions on Charles Dickens.

“On the Record” Mental Health Today, Winter 2012 An interview with CoolTan participant Julius Xavier.

“Review: Together 2012: Open poetry workshop with CoolTan ArtsDisability Arts Online, December 2012 Richard Downes attends an open poetry workshop in the Garden Cafe with CoolTan Arts and find like minds and a sense of community.

“Review: CoolTan Arts: The Winter Edition” Disability Arts Online, December 2012 ‘The Winter Edition’, the second in a series of exhibitions exploring the life, work and heritage of Charles Dickens, is showing at Southwark Cathedral until 14 January 2013.

“CoolTan Arts sends postcard to the world” Mental Health Today, 22 October 2012 A new exhibition from arts-in-mental-health charity CoolTan Arts illustrates the positive mental impact of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Londoners’ psyche.

Plaque unveiled to commemorate World Mental Health Day 2012 in Southwark” Care Industry News, 22 October 2012 Three Southwark Councillors joined CoolTan Arts participants and over 60 supporters in a walk to mark World Mental Health Day.

“Dickensian Southwark” Living South, October 2012 Local charity CoolTan Arts is collaborating with Southwark News on a special project to celebrate the Charles Dickens bicentennial.

“CoolTan Arts: Largactyl Shuffle” Equilibrium Magazine, Autumn 2012 CoolTan Arts celebrates World Mental Health Day and raises more than £5,000 on a sponsored walk for its workshops for people with mental distress

“Making an exhibition of yourself” The Big Issue, Autumn 2012 A Big Issue vendor and vendor coordinator visits CoolTan Arts.

“An insider’s guide to … exploring the arts sector for deaf and disabled jobseekers” Guardian Careers: Diversity Hub, 29 August 2012 How CoolTan Arts workshops help participants develop skills that might transfer to employment.

“Team London Bridge and CoolTan Arts bring alternative fashion to our area” Team London Bridge, 11 June 2012 CoolTan Arts and Team London Bridge hold a ‘Rags, Tags and a Velvet Gown’ fashion show inspired by Charles Dickens’ experiences with mental distress.

“CoolTan Arts: mindfully creative” Stir, June 2012 A profile of CoolTan Arts.

CoolTan unveils first public sculpture commission on Camberwell Green SE5, London” Reflections Art in Health, 24 May 2012 Sited on the North East corner of Camberwell Green, the sculptural bench is an important landmark for CoolTan Arts and for the local community.

“This month we chat to CoolTan Arts!” Volunteer Centre Southwark, 21 May 2012 Volunteer Centre Southwark talks to CoolTan Arts.

“Rosemary Schrager to appear on All Star Family Fortunes for CoolTan Arts” Reflections Art in Health, 16 April 2012 Celebrity chef and TV presenter Rosemary Schrager will compete in All Star Family Fortunes on 6 May to win a cash prize for CoolTan Arts.

“Pictures of Mental Health” The Social Issue, 16 November 2011 Great article reviewing CoolTan Arts’ exhibition at Carnegie Library.

“Comedian takes part in charity’s walk” Southwark News, 13 October 2011 Article about Arthur Smith’s involvement with CoolTan Arts’ recent and highly successful sponsored Largactyl Shuffle walk.

“Get involved with CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle walks” Cascade, Summer 2011 Article about CoolTan Arts’ forthcoming Largactyl Shuffle sponsored walk for World Mental Health Day.

“Creative ways of working in mental health” Open Mind, July/August 2011 “Incorporating creativity into mental health practice can be therapeutic both for mental health service users and providers” as Ian A McMillan discovers at CoolTan Arts.

Review from CoolTan Arts LGBT Largactyl Shuffle on 19 February 2011 “We gathered outside the Maudsley on a drizzly February morning. A diverse group of walkers, we were ready to sashay on a tour of Southwark and learn more about the borough, mental wellbeing, and LGBT history, local and otherwise.” By Zoe King

“CoolTan Arts feature” Southwark Carers Newsletter, January / February 2011 An overview of CoolTan Arts activities and opportunities.

“Featured artist – creating & connecting – SLaM” Poetry Express, Winter 2010 SLaM arts development manager Helen Shearn talks about her work at SLaM and CoolTan Arts, with photographs by CoolTan.

“The town halls’ past as an asylum” Southwark News, 9 December 2010 Discover the history of some of Southwark’s historic buildings. By Emma Ailes.

“Ruby-Wax-review-zoe” A crowd of good 50 people made it to CoolTan Arts on Saturday 2nd October – Ruby Wax and Judith Owen performed a fantastic premiere of the rewrite of their latest show ‘Losing It’ at CoolTan Arts.

“Service cuts ‘could push mental health patients into crisis” South London Press, 29 October 2010

“Introduction to CoolTan Arts in CBT Today” CBT Today, September 2010 CBT Today arts correspondent Patricia Murphy invited CoolTan Arts to talk about their work.

“CoolTan Arts and Creekside Artists Review” A review of the evening at the Seven Dials club, by Molly Doyle

“CoolTan Arts and Creekside Artists at the Alternative Fringe review” A review of the evening at the Seven Dials club, by Tessa Ditner

“Creekside Artists and CoolTan Arts Poets review” A review of the evening at the Seven Dials club, by Martin Walsh

“VoiceBox” Voicebox Magazine ran an article about CoolTan Arts’ self advocacy training.

“South London Press Our Heroes Awards 2010” South London Press, 27 July 2010 CoolTan Arts has been nominated for a Community Project award for South London Press local heroes awards. Read this article that describes CoolTan Arts’ work and how we help people.

“Largactyl Shuffle in Community Action Southwark Magazine” Cascade Summer 2010 This article is from Cascade, a magazine published by Community Action Southwark, It discusses the work of CoolTan Arts and how it is helping people discover London, through their midnight walk and monthly walks. This is great news for those who work at CoolTan Arts and those who participate in the daily workshops within CoolTan. Please feel free to read and download this article and hopefully we will see you at a workshop or a sponsored walk. You can find more information about all walks and workshops at CoolTan’s website.

“COMMA BUT NOT A CLOSED ONE Amita Patel obituary” CoolTan Arts joins with many others to extended its condolences to Amita’s family, and to highlight Amita’s inspiring work. Debjanee Chatterjee MBE, has gifted CoolTan Arts as well as other organisations her kind permissions to re-print the obituary in the link highlighted.

“CoolTan Arts – enhancing well-being through the power of creativity” Mental Health and Social Inclusion, May 2010 ‘This article is a profile of CoolTan Arts, a pioneering arts and mental health charity based in South London that believes mental well-being is enhanced by the power of creativity.’

“Twisted Fashion” Southwark News, 29 April 2010 ‘A Walworth charity has promised to give fashion designer Vivienne Westwood a run for her money as they take part in Alternative Fashion week.’

“The Largactyl Shuffle film review” Mental Health Today, March 2010 ‘CoolTan Arts, a London based organisation promoting mental wellbeing, is making a name for itself.’

“CoolTan Arts premiers three films at the British Film Institute” Disability Arts Online, 22 February 2010 ‘CoolTan Arts, the London-based arts project working with mental health service users, launched three new film projects at the British Film Institute on 8 February, 2010.’

“Largactyl Shuffle, BFI Southbank, Feb 8” South London Press, 5 February 2010 ‘CoolTan Arts the Walworth based charity that seeks to alleviate mental distress by encouraging sufferers to alleviate their creativity, is releasing a film about one of its flagship projects.’

“On the Record” Mental Health Today, December 2009 ‘Looking at ordinary people’s tales of living with their mental illness.’

“Do the Largactyl Shuffle” Community Care, October 2009 ‘Mark Drinkwater joins CoolTan Arts on a mental health themed amble through south London. Join the walk this Saturday on World Mental Health Day.’

“The Asylum Seeker” Time Out, 12-18 March 2009 ‘The Largactyl Shuffle is a stroll through Southwark with a difference – tracing the area’s colourful history and ongoing relationship with mental illness.’

“Walk Tall” Living South Magazine, March 2009 ‘Living South discovers the local community while soaking up some quirky history with wellbeing walks by Walworth charity CoolTan Arts.’

“Walk the Walk of Southwark Pride” Disability Now, February 2009 ‘Mental health and the past walk hand in hand as Kelly Mullan takes a toddle through the history of histrionics in south London’.

“What a Difference a World Mental Health Day Makes” Guardian Society, 3 October 2007 Clare Allan writes, ‘Like siblings in a huge and impoverished family, non-statutory organisations, charities and other voluntary groups face a constant battle for survival.’

“The Summer Solstice Largactyl Shuffle: From Madhouse to Modern Psychiatric Hospital” Mental Health Practice ‘A guided walk from Tate Modern at Bankside to the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell, June 20′

“Women with Mental Distress get Creative” Women in Prison ‘We present our favourite images from Women Make Art, an exhibition held at CoolTan gallery in London earlier this year.’

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