Vote for CoolTan Arts to win the Lloyds Community Fund!

CoolTan Arts needs your vote! We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2014 in London Bridge.

We have the chance to be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Lloyds Bank. This would enable us to continue our work, supporting people with mental distress in the local community by developing our Largactyl Shuffle Walk.

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund was set up to help local people across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and Isle of Man to have a positive impact at the heart of their community by giving grants to up to 1,400 local good causes in 350 communities.
There are four good causes shortlisted in each community and Lloyds Bank is inviting everyone to vote for the causes they’d most like to support.

Voting runs from 9am on the 2nd September to the 10th October 2014. Cast your vote for CoolTan Arts by visiting the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at: www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund.

You can also vote by SMS – text ‘Vote LYT’ to 61119

Or by using Twitter – tweet #COMMFUND LYT

Or vote in a branch of Lloyds bank.

The  cause that receives most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.

Help us help you and get voting, we really appreciate it!

 

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Innovation & Transformation-CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk 2014

Walk for mental health with one of London’s most unique walks – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle!

Date: Saturday October 11th 2014, 11.30am-4pm
Starts: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ (outside the main entrance)
Finishes: Southbank
Registration Fee: £5 unwaged, £10 waged

Sign up now quickly and easily online here 

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What is it?

A 4.8 mile guided walk through London’s history, led by CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle. We will celebrate World Mental Health Day, with fun talks, art and performances along the route.  This years walk theme is Innovation & Transformation – in medicine, technology, arts and psychology – and will explore how WW1 affected society. Come along, have fun, meet new people and help raise much needed funds for CoolTan Arts.

Why are we raising money?

CoolTan Arts provide support in an area which has one of the highest incidences of mental distress in Western Europe. We enable people to develop their potential, reconnect with their aspirations, recover and enjoy life!

Due to severe funding cuts to organisations like CoolTan Arts we need your help to ensure we can continue making a difference. All money raised is much needed and will go directly to support people with mental distress.

You can read more about CoolTan Arts and the work we do here.

Where and when?

Setting off from Maudsley Hospital on Saturday 11th October at 11:30 and ending by the river at the Southbank, this 4.8 mile walk is suitable for wheelchair users and welcomes absolutely everyone to participate. The walk finishes with refreshments and a chance to get to know your fellow walkers.

How can I register?

It’s easy, just click on this link to a website called Eventbrite and you can register and buy tickets. Tickets are £5 unwaged or £10 waged, plus a small online booking fee, so please select which is relevant for you.

Or, you can download a Registration Form and return it to CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

Or, register in person at CoolTan Arts.

Once you are registered to start fundraising, you can download our Sponsorship Form, or you can raise money online by setting up a fundraising page on Justgiving.com

If you have any further questions, please click here for our FAQs, call us on 020 7701 2696, or email olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk.

If you can’t take part yourself  please consider sponsoring our walkers:

Download our press release here: Press Release-Innovation & Transformation 2014

Download our walk poster – print, share and help spread the word:

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – Black History Walk September 2014

black-history-month-250pxSaturday 20th September
Start: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ
Ends: Peckham
Times: 11:45am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free/Voluntary donation

This month CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle invites you to participate in our Black History Walk. Along the route our friendly guides will lead you on a journey exploring local history and landmarks in an early celebration of Black History month.

Starting at the Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill, we will weave our way to Peckham, taking in some of the most significant sites in the area with talks and activities focused on South London’s black history. Get involved and learn more about some of the famous entertainers, artsists and political figures in black history.

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing; through art, exercise, humour and history.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. The walk is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities.

The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the day.
All Welcome!

 

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Largactyl Shuffle ‘Walk this way’ at Liberty Festival – 30th August

Liberty9CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle are excited to announce that they will be running  a   walk at this years Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival.

Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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This Largactyl Shuffle walk, entitled ‘Walk this way’, will look at the art of wellbeing.

The walk will run twice during the afternoon at 2:15pm and 4:45pm, starting from the Access and Information Point and will last for for 45 minutes each.

The Liberty festival is a one day programme on  Saturday 30 August 2014, delivering  the very best of disability sports and arts.

Free in the Park, the Liberty Festival presents an exciting programme of Deaf and disability arts including street theatre, dance, live music, film, installations and children’s activities. Prepare to be amazed!! Plus everyone can try out Paralympic sports and attend Q&A and autograph sessions with Paralympic medallists.

Find out more about the day’s events including Liberty Festival programme details here.

We hope to see you there!

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CoolTan Creative Workshops – Autumn 2014 Schedule

SONY DSCCoolTan are running a new series of FREE 12 week  workshops from the 2nd September 2014. 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

Workshop Dates

Art – Tuesdays 11-1pm – Start 2nd September. 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 – Start 2nd September. 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 – Start 3rd September. 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 – Start 4th September.  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 – Start 4th September. 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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CoolTan Council

Picture11CoolTan Arts is looking for willing people to join the CoolTan Arts Council!

FIRST MEETING TUESDAY 19TH AUGUST AT 4.30PM.

Are you…
•    Able to spare time to attend meetings in Southwark and Lambeth regarding changes in local health policy and your services?
•    Able to use your experience to get your voice heard regarding changes happening in your local area?
•    Happy to represent CoolTan Arts participants at events and meetings, both externally and at CoolTan Arts?
We are hoping to gather a group of participants who are willing to attend meetings both at CoolTan Arts and externally, to represent the organisation, and have your voices heard in services that exist for you.

If you are interested please speak with Kaya or Tara or email kaya@cooltanarts.org.uk or tara@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 0207 701 2696.

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CoolTan Trip to Kew Gardens – A Photo Review

On Friday 8th August CoolTan had our annual summer trip to Kew Gardens. We had a great time exploring the gardens and greenhouses and soaking up the last of the sunshine! We were very lucky as we got the opportunity to climb to the top of the famous Kew pagoda, which was open for the first time in 8 years.  Here are some photos from the day:

 

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Largactyl Shuffle Industrial Walk – A Photo Review

On Saturday 16th August CoolTan Arts’ Largactyl Shuffle held an ‘Industrial Walk’, through the main throughfares, back streets and riverside stretches of Southwark and Bankside. On the way they visited the Hop Exchange, the historic riverside wharfs, the Leathermarket, Jam Factory and explored the work of local artisans. Here are some photos from the day:

Photos by Oksana Dotsenko

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New Staff Members

Introducing Tara

New Staff member - Tara

CoolTan would like to give a big welcome to Tara  Logan Shand who has recently joined the team as our Self Advocacy Trainer.

Tara says: – ‘ I have been busy meeting participants and getting ready for the new Self Advocacy course, which I am really excited about.

I have a background in illustration, working freelance commercially and also on my own graphic novels, mixed with 5 years as a support worker for a large charity, taking on advocacy cases and supporting people to have lives they are happy with.

I am pleased to part of an amazing organisation that works to make real changes in people’s lives!’

 

 

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Mental Health Wellbeing Advisors – Job Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen at CoolTan Arts for someone who wants to see mental health services move away from the medical model and drive change in the primary health care system. A dynamic and vibrant person who is self motivated and enjoys a challenge.

Job Title: Mental Health Wellbeing Advisors
Location: Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE
Salary:  £25,000 pro rata, 2 days ( 15 hours) per week. 1 Year Contract.
Closing date: 5pm 20th August 2014
Interviews:4th/5th September 2014

To apply please e-mail a completed application form with CV to recruitment@cooltanarts.org.uk  CoolTan-Arts-Mental-Health-Well-Being-Advisors-Job-Pack-2014 No previous applicants please.

About CoolTan Arts: 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. CoolTan Arts is an organisation dedicated to the de-stigmatisation of mental health by the engagement of people with mental distress working, volunteering and contributing to the public environment though the arts.  We aim to achieve this through quality arts education, well-being and support services including self Advocacy.

Job Purpose: To pilot an exciting new service, to provide an innovative GP referral system of Arts on Referral (AoR) for people with low level mental-distress, building on the 23 year model established by CoolTan Arts (CA) for people with more severe mental ill-health. To enable CCG’s to commission Social Prescribing, including Arts on referral (AoR). Increasing our referrals and personal budget holder’s opportunities.
To provide GP surgeries with a dedicated Creative mental Wellbeing Advisers’ (WA), skilled in developing individual wellbeing plans for users of the health service. During this trial period the pathway will be via CoolTan Arts services.
This post exists for these key reasons: to develop an integrated, preventative holistic approach to mental distress. for the NHS. Acting as the main link between CoolTan and the statutory mental health services, and broader community.
Social prescribing for mental health is a mechanism for linking patients with non-medical sources of support within the community. It recognises the contribution of social, economic and societal factors.  One form is Arts on Prescription (or Arts on referral (AoR).

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CoolWalks – New Dates for August and September

CoolTan are excited to have several new CoolWalks coming up in August and September 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.

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Thursday, August 28th, 12.30 – 4.00pm.
Dulwich Library – Eccentric Dulwich Walk
Start at Dulwich Library, 368 Lordship Lane, SE22 8NB. End at Brockwell Park.

Explore Dulwich and its unusual architecture and characters including Dulwich College, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the oldest purpose-built art gallery in the world, and Herne Hill Velodrome. This route is fully accessible and is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.

Saturday, September 13th, 12.30 – 4.00pm
Canada Water Library – Architecture and Industry

Explore the history and changing architectural face of the Docklands – at one time the world’s largest port.

  • Approximately 3.5 hours.
  • Start and finish at Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR.
  • Mostly flat, the walk is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.  There are steps up to the final stop on Stave Hill.


Thursday, September 25th, 12:30 – 4:00pm

John Harvard LibraryFilm Locations

Travel through the ancient heart of Borough and Southwark, take in the surroundings and try to spot where some classic cinema was filmed.

  • Approximately 2 hours
  • Start at John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street, SE1 1JA. End at Tate Modern,  Bankside, SE1 9TG.
  • The route is pushchair and wheelchair accessible, mostly flat with no steps

Since February 2013, CoolTan Arts have run open workshops in Southwark libraries to design and research guided walks. The CoolWalks volunteer group undertakes local history research on selected themes to create the walks. Project participants have had the opportunity to access training in a range of practical skills including, library research, walk leading, blogging and graphic design. The project is run by CoolTan Arts, Southwark Council Public Health, NHS Southwark and Southwark Libraries, with all the walks researched, planned and led by volunteers.

The project is open to all and aims to make contact with local people, community groups and existing library users to get involved in the project.

Feedback from walkers has been overwhelmingly positive. One participant said of the walk: – “Learning more about the history of the area has made me feel involved with my community and makes me happier living here. I really enjoyed the event and it got me out of the house meeting people which I wouldn’t have the courage to do otherwise.” Another walker said: – “The walk made me happy to be alive.”

Project volunteers have started their own blog documenting the project which includes photos and information and research, it can be viewed at www.coolwalksblog.blogspot.co.uk

If you would like to get involved, please contact coolwalksinfo@gmail.com or call 020 7701 2696

 

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New Referrals Information Session

Are you interested in the arts and would you like to find out more about CoolTan Arts?
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  • Are you, or somebody you know, experiencing mental distress?
  • Are you looking for activities to help your recovery?
  • Do you want to break isolation, meet new people and explore your creativity?

Come along to CoolTan Arts New Referrals Information Session:

Wednesday 24th September 2014, 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 about our current workshop programme, Self-Advocacy Skills Training and more!At 1:30 there will be a talk about workshops currently running, eligibility for those courses, and the registration and referral process, followed by a Q&A session. For more information, please contact Karen Unrue: karen@cooltanarts.org.uk or tel: 0207 701 2696
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FAQs – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk 2014

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Thank you for your interest in taking part in CoolTan Arts’ Sponsored Walk. We’ve put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to give answers to any queries you may have.

 

1. What is CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk?

 A fun 4.8 mile guided walk through London’s history, using art, humour and history to destigmatise mental distress.
The walk will raise much needed funds for CoolTan Arts and will mark World Mental Health Day.
This year’s walk theme is Innovation & Transformation. Talks, artworks and performances along the walk route will look at changes in arts, medicine and technology – and will explore how WW1 affected society.

Why ‘Largactyl Shuffle’? The walk is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug, Largactil, which can have extreme physical side effects including a distinctive shambolic gait, or ‘shuffling’.  Each month CoolTan run a themed Largactyl Shuffle walk – the Sponsored Walk being our biggest yearly event.

2. When and where does the Sponsored Walk take place?

The Sponsored Walk takes place on Saturday 11th October 2014 from 11.30am to around 4.00pm.

The walk starts outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ and finishes on the South Bank.

3. Can anyone take part?

Everyone is welcome! The walk will include participants, staff, volunteers and other friends and supporters of CoolTan Arts.

4. How fit do I need to be? Is it suitable for people with disabilities or wheelchair users? What if I get tired and have to stop?

The whole walk is 4.8 miles long. The route is smooth, level and suitable for people with a disability and wheelchair users.

You don’t need to be fit and you can go at your own pace, so join us for half a mile, half an hour or the whole thing – it’s entirely up to you!

Our friendly CoolTan guides will be there to help you along the way if you need it.

We will have one scheduled rest stop at CoolTan Arts at approximately 2pm.

5. What do I need to bring with me on the day?

Please bring snacks and drinks for yourself, and wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear. Refreshments will be provided free of charge at the end.

6. How will I know where to go? What happens if I arrive late or I get lost on the way?

The walk leaders will meet you at the starting point outside the main entrance to the Maudsley Hospital on Denmark Hill from 11.00am onward. They will be wearing orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. The leaders will guide you on the walk.

If you can’t find the group on the day for any reason, call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443.

7. Do I need to register in advance? How much does it cost?

 The Registration Fee is £5 unwaged and £10 waged (non refundable). We prefer you to register in advance so we know how many people to expect and can keep track of fundraising, although it is possible to register on the day.

To register either:

  • Fill in a Sponsorship form and return it to Olivia Moyes along with a registration fee of £5 unwaged or £10 waged. Address: CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
  • Call us on 020 7701 2696.
  • Register at the start of the event on the day.

8. Do I have to get sponsorship to do the walk? Is there a minimum amount? What will you do with the money I raise?

Fundraising isn’t compulsory. You do need to pay the registration fee, however, as that helps cover admin costs.

However, CoolTan Arts relies heavily on donations and fundraising by people like you, particularly since losing our core funding in 2011. If you do decide to help us raise money, there is no minimum level – we are grateful for all contributions!

CoolTan provide support in an area of London which has one of the highest incidences of mental distress in Western Europe. Due to severe funding cuts to organisations like CoolTan we really need to raise extra funds to secure our future.

100% of the money you raise will go directly to supporting people with mental distress through the provision of creative workshops, self advocacy, wellbeing walks and training and volunteering opportunities.

9. How do I start fundraising?

 You can start fundraising whenever you like after you have registered. You can either:

  • Download CoolTan’s official Sponsorship Form – you can use this when asking for sponsorship from friends, family etc. Bring the form to the walk to get signed by one of our walk stewards. All money raised should be returned to CoolTan Arts by 25th November 2014.
  • Or, if you prefer to fundraise online, you can set up your own fundraising page on Justgiving.com, linked to CoolTan’s official event page.

To sign up to Justgiving do the following:

-       Go to www.justgiving.com

-       Click on Get Started

-       Then click on Sign up

Once you are registered you can make a fundraising page by doing the following:

-       Go to https://www.justgiving.com/cooltanarts/

-       Click on Fundraise for us

-       Then click on Taking Part in an Organised Event

-       The click on Innovation & Transformation Sponsored Walk

-       Justgiving will then guide you through the set up process.

Make your page as interesting as you can, for example by adding photos and updates.
Tell everyone why you’re supporting CoolTan Art. Let them know that we rely on fundraisers like you, particularly after heavy funding cuts.
These days more and more donations happen via social media, so do share your page on Facebook and Twitter and email it to friends and family.

10. What if I can’t take part in the walk but still want to contribute?

There are three easy ways to support CoolTan Arts’ Sponsored Walk:

  • You can text ARTS99 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation, or any other £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. It’s quick and simple.
  • Help us spread the word by sharing information about the walk.

11.  Where can I get help with any other questions about the Largactyl Shuffle?

For any other questions about the Largactyl Shuffle or Sponsored Walk, please email Olivia Moyes on olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 7701 2696.

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Largactyl Shuffle Walk Dates 2014-2015

cooltan-arts-largactyl-shuffleAre you interested in London’s hidden stories? Then CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is for you! Join us on fun guided cultural walks for mental and physical wellbeing.

The themed walks are researched by volunteers who create intriguing talks on local history, arts and mental health. You can learn new things, get fit, and take part in fun interactive activities.

The Largactyl Shuffle is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug, Largactyl, that can have extreme physical side effects including a distinctive shambolic gait, or ‘shuffling’.

Walks happen on the third Saturday of each month and last approximately 4 hours. Walks are family friendly and inclusive and are suitable for people of all abilities including wheelchair users. You can join us for half an hour, half a mile or the full distance of 4.8 miles. Walks start from outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ OR from outside the Turbine Hall entrance of Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG.

Upcoming Walks

May 17th 2014 – Pagan Walk
Tate Modern  -  Camberwell
12pm-4pm

June 21st 2014 –Midnight Walk
Tate – Maudsley
12am-5am

July 19th2014 – Garden Walk
Maudsley– Myatts Fields
12pm-4pm

August 16th 2014 – Industrial Walk
Tate Modern– Bermondsey
12pm-4pm

September 20th 2014 – Black History Walk
Maudsley – Peckham
12pm-4pm

October 11th 2014 – Sponsored Walk
Maudsley – Southbank
11:30am-4pm

November 15th 2014 – Literary Walk
Maudsley– Peckham Rye
12pm-4pm

December 20th 2014 – Musical Walk
Tate – Bermondsey
12pm – 4pm

Jan 17th 2015 – Health Walk
Maudsley – Burgess Park
12pm-4pm

Feb 21st 2015 – LGBT History Walk
Maudsley – Cross Bones Cemetery
12pm-4pm

March 21st 2013 –Women Walk
Tate – Waterloo
12pm-4pm

April 18th 2015 – Rights and Equality Walk
Tate– Walworth
12pm-4pm

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Largactyl Shuffle Garden Walk – a Review

On Saturday 19th July CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle led a ‘Garden Walk’ from Maudsley Hospital to Myatts Fields, exploring the fascinating social history of Camberwell’s best loved green spaces.  Walker Jonathan Polkest took these photos and wrote the below review:

Here are some images from the Largactyl Shuffle Garden Walk which was excellent (my aubergine plant from Myatts Field Park bears witness to this).

The photos “illustrate” parts of our walk from Maudsley Hospital through Ruskin Park, the weather was peculiar, raining occasionally with little or no cloud, as featured in the photograph of the group speaking to some volunteers at the Loughborough Junction (Farm) horticultural project (truly inspiring).

We sampled their salad vegetables and gained tips on growing ‘your own’ and then visited Myatts Field Park, in particular, the horticultural greenhouse with the inspirational Fabrice.

We ended our walk in the bandstand of Myatts Garden with a very interesting perspective of Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth, on the site of a massive Field Hospital, I photographed it in black and white, re evoking its pastoral history. Many thanks to Lu and to all the peripatetic drifters for an inspirational day.

 

 

 

 

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NEW: Feel Good Food Fridays

Feel Good Food Friday-lrCome along to CoolTan Arts on a Friday afternoon to sample the delights of our kitchen!
We are now offering a lunchtime menu of tasty and healthy soups, mains, salads and more.

Feel Good Food Fridays will take place every week between 1pm and 2pm and is open to the public. The price for a plate of food is £3 suggested donation.

You can pop in, get a lunch, look around the gallery exhibition and catch up on all the latest CoolTan news!

Please let us know in advance if you would like to have lunch. Contact Olivia on 020 7701 2696 or email olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Showcase Smoothie at CoolTan Arts – a Review

CoolTan Arts were thrilled to have a visit recently  from Showcase  Smoothie  for a performance of  urban music and spoken word.  CoolTan volunteer Ereomala Atigolo attended the event:

Lyrical, entertaining, passion, beats, vocal beauty, raw and honest; this is the description of a Showcase Smoothie performance!

On the 17th July 2014, CoolTan Arts had a get together with Showcase Smoothie – a major new literature and music based project, led by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) and partnered by a range of arts, health and educationally based organisations. The aim of the project is to showcase the talents of people with experience of mental health problems, and has a particular focus on young black men.

During their visit, they bestowed us with a 30 minute performance, showcasing a calibre of diverse performers of various ages. CoolTan’s gallery space was packed, full of an eagerly waiting audience; listening to the background beats of the sound system, before each of the performers walked on stage. With each performer approaching the stage, each one had their own style and story that they delivered through rap lyrics, singing and spoken words. The audience was clapping, participating and being captivated by the lyrical and vocal sounds of Smoothie.

I asked Sasha Dee who is a CoolTan trustee and also a participant in the poetry workshop about the event, he said “People should come to these kind of performances because of the topics; the presentation is so cool that it is accessible for all kinds of people. Even if people are not fans of poetry, give it a chance and it will change your preconception of the event”.

The showcase even had a featured musician that added a layer and richness to one of the artist’s performance; by playing a Tabla which is a membranophone percussion instrument (similar to bongos).

We even had our very own Jill Newman, who is our Cooking Club Manager, who did an impromptu performance of an Indian classical dance, called Kathak with the Tabla player.

As spectator you can see that the project provided these performers with confidence and a method to convey themselves in a creative way.

You can find out more about the project at: http://www.showcasesmoothie.com/

Review and photos by Ereomala Atigolo.

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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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Mad Hatters Tea Party – A Review

mh6We had a wonderful time at the Mad Hatters Tea Party at CoolTan Arts  on Saturday, 14th June, which was attended by over 40 people and gave everyone the opportunity to have fun, try out new things and enjoy a taster of our work.

There were four free workshops, the presentation of special certificates to our volunteers, and an opportunity to have a private viewing of our new exhibition, Summertime Blues. The theme of the exhibition was ‘anxiety & summer’ and all the artwork was created by CoolTan participants in our creative workshops. The exhibition will be open from 11th June-11th August but this event marked its official opening.

The free workshops that people could  join included Food and Mood, where they made ice lollies with mood enhancing ingredients, Understanding ‘Panic Attacks’,   Postcard Art – ‘A Message 2U’ and Anxious to Get Painting, where participants painted the table and chairs to create a  Mad Hatters’ inspired scene.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was  part of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014, which rans throughout June in London venues. The Festival challenges the stigma and discrimination that surround mental health by looking at the creative and productive force of anxiety, and showcases an exciting programme of art, film, performance, music, dance, theatre and talks

Here are some images of the exhibition Summertime Blues

Here are some images from the day

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Summer Solstice Midnight Walk 2014 – A Review

About 130 walkers gathered for our Summer Solstice Midnight Walk on the 21st June when we enjoyed a moonlit stroll from Tate Modern to Maudsley Hospital, as part of the Anxiety 2014 Festival.

We stopped at the Crossbones Cemetery on Redcross Way, to hear about its history as an unconsecrated burial site; the Borough, for an activity about night working; and the centre of the Elephant and Castle roundabout to create surreal living sculptures, before enjoying some coffee, cake and poetry at CoolTan Arts.

Our final two talks were about psychogeography at Burgess Park and surrealism and mental health at Camberwell Green, before we finished the walk with hot drinks at Maudsley Hospital.


Photography by Andrea Abril, André Batista, Andrew Black, Rik Sanders, Emma Thatcher and Michelle Baharier.
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