Celebrate World Mental Health Day with CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk

Saturday 15 October 2011, 11.30am at Maudsley Hospital

No Health Without Mental Health!

Arthur Smith is new Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk Patron 2011

Arthur Smith for webCoolTan Arts is delighted to announce the very talented Arthur Smith as the Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk patron 2011 – The internationally renowned comedian, playwright, author and broadcaster will join us on 15 October to walk, promote World Mental Health Day and raise money for CoolTan Arts.

Want to meet him? – then walk with us to help raise money and promote World Mental Health Day.

He says: “Supporting CoolTan’s Sponsored Walk and Promoting World Mental Health Day this year, is something I am pleased to do especially as I have had friends and family who have suffered clinical depression. Since I love both walking and London I am very much looking forward to the walk and to discovering more about Southwark, the area I grew up in. As an occasional (unreliable) tour guide I may need to point out places of interest myself. I am also looking forward to meeting those who’ll be at the sponsored Shuffle – kicking the system’s boredom into touch.”

Join CoolTan Arts’ BIG Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk from Maudsley Hospital to Tate Modern, a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical well-being. Celebrate creativity, challenge stigma and help us raise money so we can continue supporting people with disabilities.

Discover the history of mental health within the NHS – from cradle to grave – since 1948.

walkers in camberwellOct 2010resizedforwebThe walk is 4.8 miles long and is fully accessible for people with a disabilities and wheelchair users. In previous years, the walk attracted over 70 people from all backgrounds, disabled and non disabled people, young and old. Anyone is welcome to join, you don’t have to be fit to do the walk. We’ll have breaks and our friendly CoolTan walk stewards will be there to support you.

Please wear sensible clothes and comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Feel free to bring sandwiches, tea, coffee for the route.

Get involved, challenge stigma and help make mental health a global concern.

Meet outside the main entrance of the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 15 October 2011 and we will take you on the ‘Largactyl Shuffle Trail’ from Camberwell to the River. All we ask is that you commit to doing the walk with us on the 15 October 2011, and that you raise some money to help us!

To register, you need to complete and return a registration form along with a registration fee of £5 unwaged and £10 waged (non-refundable). Download the form here and return to CoolTan Arts’ office or email to info@cooltanarts.org.uk

Largactyl Shuffle Walkers 2011 The money raised will ensure we can continue to substantially support people with mental ill-health through workshops, walks and advocacy training, reach more people in need of support and help us move from our dilapidated warehouse to a suitable building.

Sponsor our walkers on Justgiving …

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Download the full press release here

Download a Sponsored walk poster here (pdf file, 793KB)

The walk is supported by Community Learning at Tate Modern, Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, the Department of Health, Marks and Spencers Walworth Road, Lendlease and Team London Bridge.

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CoolTan Arts Batik & Textiles ‘RETRO-spective’

Batik Retrospective image resized for webPrivate View: Tue 16 August 2011, 6pm-8pm
Venue: CoolTan Arts Unit B 237 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RL.

An exciting exhibition with fashion show at CoolTan Arts celebrating the achievements of the Batik and Textiles class since it started in 2006 with their first major ‘RetroSpective, coinciding with the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain’.

Come along to our private view, meet the artists and get inspired.

Please RSVP to kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 7701 2696.

As the Southbank Centre celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain, CoolTan Arts look back over the last 6 years of their Batik and Textiles class with our first major ‘RetroSpective’. As we look back at the Festival that attempted to give Britons a feeling of recovery and progress post-war, CoolTan Arts celebrate the recovery of the mind through the arts.

The Festival of Britain was described as “a tonic for the nation” and in a time when Britain is once again embarking on a journey to financial recovery we look at the importance of adopting the ‘make do and mend’ attitude of the past. Applying these ethics to contemporary design and master craftsmanship, we will be displaying the bespoke hand dyed and crafted garments by CoolTan Arts participants.

Over the modest 6 years CoolTan Arts Batik and Textiles class has helped over 40 participants back into the community through our batik workshop. Our collections have show three-years-running on the Alternative Fashion Week’s catwalk and been on display at exhibitions from Elephant and Castle to Bethnal Green.

We invite you to view the positive effects textiles arts can have on the modern Britons of Southwark and how we ‘make do and mend’ the stigma of mental distress in our community.

Additional Information

The exhibition will be on display until mid-September, feel free to pop in CoolTan Arts’ Independent Gallery Monday-Friday 10.30am-5pm.

CoolTan Arts believes that mental well being is enhanced by the power of creativity. It is a charity run by and for people with mental distress and exists to inspire the well-being and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality art based on social enterprise principles,.

Further information is available from: Kathrin Kirrmann, Communications Officer, CoolTan Arts, 020 7183 0350 kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk www.cooltanarts.org.uk

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CoolTan Arts at the South London Gallery: the making of a soundscape and the launch of Innovation in Mad Culture

SLG Film Screening Wednesday 20 July at the South London Gallery. The Clore Studio at South London Gallery was buzzing with excitement. A diverse group of around 50 people, sharing a common interest in CoolTan gather in the Gallery’s studio to listen to a sound scape and to witness the premiere of the documentary on the Largactyl Shuffle Walks “Innovation in Mad Culture”,  funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and the Mayor’s Story of London.

The sound scape presented consisted of sounds recorded at July’s Largactyl Shuffle Literary Walk created in collaboration with sound artist Isa Suarez.

Read and download the full review here. Kaya, a participant in the Largactyl Group said: “The film Innovation in Mad Culture was a wonderful introduction to CoolTan’s work and especially the Largactyl Shuffle Walk. As I have recently joined the group -the Literary Walk was my first walk- the movie was especially informative. Amongst others, it showed what CoolTan means for so many people.[…] The movie showed the diversity of the walks and the enthusiasm, collaboration and creativity of all the volunteers.”

This film is based on the Largactyl Shuffle Walk in October 2010, which celebrated World Mental Health Day and ‘mad’ culture, explored the past, present and future of Madness and Contemporary Psychiatric Innovation. CoolTan participants designed 5 bio-degradable sculptures that were placed along the route of the walk and highlighted the work of innovators such as Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Sir Peter Mansfield, Octavia Hill, David Morris

The film will be available for hire and we are also looking for more venues to screen the film. If you’d like to host a film screening, please email us on info@cooltanarts.org.uk or call us on 020 77012696.

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Photos from CoolTan Arts Open Day and Mad Hatters Tea Party June 2011

Around 70 people came along to our Open Day & Mad Hatters Tea party and joined a fun afternoon with taster workshops, film screening and debate.
Have a look at the images. Want to join next time? Drop an email to info@cooltanarts.org.uk with your details and we’ll add you to our mailing list.

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Film Premiere: Innovation in Mad Culture

You are invited to the Film Premiere Innovation in Mad Culture – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle (named after an anti psychotic drug that has extreme physical side effects), followed by a panel discussion with CoolTan participants and speakers from the fields of arts and health/mental health. Join us in what promises to be an inspiring and engaging evening.

Venue: South London Gallery, Clore Studio, 65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH
Date: Wednesday 20 July 2011, 6.30pm-9pm; screening at 7.
Free but RSVP essential – Please RSVP by Friday, 15 July 2011 info@cooltanarts.org.uk / 020 7701 2696.

Wheelchair accessible. Limited disabled parking space available nearby.

During the event we will present new work that CoolTan artists have developed in collaboration with sound artist Isa Suarez, in response to the South London Gallery exhibition by artist Tue Greenfort. An exciting partnership project between CoolTan Arts and the South London Gallery.

Summary of the evening:

6.30pm: Arrival, networking opportunity, refreshments, sound clips playing
7:00pm: Introductions
7.10pm: Film Screening
7.40pm: Panel discussion with Q&A
8:00pm: Informal networking opportunity and refreshments

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Personalisation Event with Link Southwark

23rd June 2011 event Link Poster

Directions: The newly refurbished Albrighton Centre is in Dog Kennel Hill Estate, East Dulwich, on the other side of the road to the large Sainsbury’s.

  • Rail: East Dulwich station
  • Buses from Elephant and Castle: 40, 176. Buses from Camberwell Green: 40, 176, 185, 484
  • Buses from Peckham: 37, P13.

Map: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=533359&y=175705&z=0&sv=SE22+8AH&st=2&pc=SE22+8AH&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf

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CoolTan Arts Open Day and Mad Hatters Tea Party

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Saturday 11 June 2011 1pm – 5pm

Join CoolTan Arts for a fun-filled afternoon with film screenings, poetry readings and taster workshops. Discover CoolTan Arts’ new exhibition ‘Summer Madness’, learn more about CoolTan Arts and the Largactyl Shuffle and join us for some chit-chat, tea, coffee and cakes. Imagine, inspire, create!

Light refreshments available.

Have a fun day out, meet like-minded people and make friends.


CoolTan Arts, Unit B 237 Walworth Road London SE17 1RL,

T: 0207 701 2696 M: 0798 565 8443, E:  info@cooltanarts.org.uk

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More free Workshops for Southwark Residents

There are still places on our fabulous summer workshops for Southwark Residents. Sign up now!

  • Digital Photography: Thursday 2 June to 29 June, 4pm-6pm
  • Photoshop for beginners: Monday 6 June to 4 July, 11am – 1pm or 2pm-4pm
  • Basic IT: Wednesday 15 June to 13 July, 11am-1pm
  • Sewing Machine for beginners: Wednesday 1 June to 27 June, 6pm-8pm
  • Sewing Machine for beginners: Monday 13 June to 11 July, 6pm-8pm

Have fun, meet new people, gain new skills!

CoolTan Arts runs free arts and multimedia workshops open to all Southwark residents aged 19 and over. Workshops are taught by professional artists.  Tuition is free for one workshop of 10 hours (five 2-hour sessions). Participants need to commit to all five sessions and complete the course. There will be a small charge for materials.

Costs for additional workshops or people outside Southwark: £250 (+materials).

Places for the workshops are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

To book, please download the enrolment form here (also available at CoolTan Arts offices), return the enrolment form to CoolTan Arts along with a deposit of £10 (unemployed) or £20 (employed). Cheques need to be made payable to CoolTan Arts. The deposit will be returned upon completion of the course.

All courses take place at CoolTan Arts, Unit B 237 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RL.

For more information, contact us on 020 7701 2696 or email clara@cooltanarts.org.uk.

Thanks to Southwark Council for funding this programme.

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CoolTan Arts and two long-term volunteers receive Southwark Civic Awards

southwark civic awards cooltan winnersIn a glamorous ceremony on Saturday 7 May 2011 at St. Georges Church CoolTan Arts and our volunteers Richard and Maki won Southwark Civic Awards and were recognised for their  contribution to the local community and life of the borough.

We are excited that we have been offered these awards, and that our work and the achievements of our participants and volunteers have been recognised. Congratulations to all involved!

The recognition of our long-term volunteers Richard Muzira and Maki Spanoudis proves that people with mental health issues contribute to making the local community a better place and build a cohesive and inclusive society based on solidarity and active citizenship.

Richard Muzira, volunteer film maker and video editor has produced podcasts, films, contributed to the development of CoolTan Arts’ website, and helps with CoolTan Arts’ various public events and activities. He says: “The Civic Award is a testimonial to how CoolTan Arts has helped me stabilise my mental health state through productive social interaction.”

Maki Spanoudis, a very re-assuring and supportive volunteer who trains CoolTan participants and staff in IT and touch-typing and whose contribution to the daily charity is enormous, says: “It’s nice to get this award; It made me feel like a better person. But let’s not forget that there are people all around us whose altruism is never recognised in this public manner. Let’s remember to show them how much we appreciate them.”

Michelle Baharier, CoolTan Arts’ CEO says: “Gaining these awards is living proof of breaking down stigma of mental health and people with mental distress. It shows real success of disabled people gaining advancement.”

To find out more about CoolTan Arts, please get in touch with CoolTan Arts on info@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 77012696, or come along to one of CoolTan Arts’ various events.

To Download a PDF copy of this article, click here.

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Invitation to join the Hardest Hit March on Wednesday 11 May

On Wednesday 11 May thousands of disabled people, their families and supporters from all over the country will come together to protest with one voice outside the Houses of Parliament and make their feelings known about the impact of spending cuts on disabled people.

The day of protest is organised by UKDPC and major disability organisations and will send a strong and powerful message to the Government and you’re invited to join us. For further details & a full lobby pack click here or ask for details at CoolTan Arts.

** If you would like to join other CoolTan participants at the march, we’ll be meeting at 10.30 am at CoolTan, to go on to Victoria Embankment for 11.30  **

Please email Rosie on rosie@cooltanarts.org.uk or call us on 020 7701 2696 to let us know you’re coming!

The march will begin on Victoria Embankment between Horseguards Avenue and Bridge Street. Please assemble at this point at 11.30.

There will be a rally on Victoria Embankment with speeches between 12 and 12.30 before the march sets off. The march will then begin at 12.30, followed by a lobby expected to take place in Westminster Hall and Methodist Central Hall and to run between 13.30 and 17.30.

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Simon Hughes visits CoolTan Arts

Local MP Simon Hughes visited CoolTan Arts to discuss with our staff, volunteers and participants how the funding cuts and changes in health and social care affect services. A great turnout at the meeting proves the importance of CoolTan Arts’s work for recovery and the commitment of participants. Simon Hughes shows his concern and sympathy, and pledges to support CoolTan Arts.

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‘Know Your Rights’ workshop at CoolTan Arts

CoolTan Arts host an exciting one-off workshop in conjunction with Lewisham CAB and the Department of Work and Pensions., as part of the Mayor of London “Know Your Rights Campaign” –  Benefit Take Up Campaign Training

Date: Thursday 31st March 2011.  Times: 1-4.00pm.

Lewisham CABx Services will deliver the training session with input from Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  The workshop with last for 3hours, including a comfort Break.

By the end of the session participants will be to:-

1.     Understand more clearly the range of benefits that clients may be entitled to

2.     Feel more confident about helping clients to access information about benefits.

3.     Able to advice the client which would be the best benefit to claim

4.     Be familiar with the Citizens Advice public information site www.adviceguide.org.uk

Participants will receive a tailored course information pack containing useful information and reference materials.

Venue: Cool Tan Arts, Unit B, 237 Walworth Road, London, SE 17 1RL.

Places are limited, to book a place, please contact Phil Ruthen, Advocacy Training Coordinator CoolTan Arts, on 02077012696 or email phil@cooltanarts.org.uk.

For further information: please contact

Phil Mwanza (Specialist Services Manager)

Lewisham CABx and Outreach  Services


Tel: 0208314 2455 or 0208 314 2450

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International Women’s Day Conference

Celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day with CoolTan Arts’ Conference and new art exhibition ‘Women’s Stories’Lorna Rose_Tyesha_acrylic on canvas_250_web

Wed, 09 March 2011 at 11am – 4pm

CoolTan Arts Independent Gallery Unit B 237 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RL

Join CoolTan Arts Conference and celebrate  100 years of International Women’s Day and women of the last century , their narratives, personal, historical or artistic.

We will explore and celebrate the lives and works of inspirational local women from the past 100 years, and personal stories of women we know. There will be particular emphasis on stories of women from marginalised and excluded groups, including disabled women, women with mental distress and refugee women.

It will be an exciting afternoon with speakers and discussions about women and their stories, hands-on arts activities, workshops in Self-confidence and self-worth, visual arts, poetry, screening of the acclaimed film ‘In the Studio with Maggi Hambling’ and a social event for all to enjoy.

Showcasing CoolTan Arts’ new art exhibition ‘Women’s Stories’ with artwork by CoolTan artists, with powerful images including the personal, political and iconic figures, taking inspiration from art, literature and personal lives.

Entrance to the conference, film screenings and exhibition is free, but there will be a small charge for refreshments and £1 for each workshop.

Get creative, have fun, meet like-minded people and make friends. All welcome!

As part of our International Women’s Day Celebrations CoolTan Arts’ Largactyl Shuffle Walk on 19th March will focus on women in mental health and women’s rights. Walkers meet at 12noon at the Imperial War Museum and walk to Tate Modern.

Additional information

Image: ‘Tyesha’, acrylic on canvas by Lorna Rose.

International Women’s Day is recognised by the United Nations and is celebrated by many countries across the world. It honours the social and political achievements of women since 1911. 2011 sees 100 years of International Women’s Day having been celebrated around the world.

CoolTan Arts exists to inspire the well-being and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality art, it’s a charity run by and for people with mental distress. Reg. Charity Nr. 1064231.

We are proud to have as Patrons: Maggi Hambling, Sokari Douglas Camp, Ali Smith, Clare Allan and Rosemary Shrager.

Further information is available from: Kathrin Kirrmann, Communications Officer, CoolTan Arts, 020 7701 2696 kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Art Exhibition: CoolTan Creations

CoolTan Arts and Oh!Gallery present:

CoolTan Creations, 20 January – 20 February 2011

CoolTan Arts has a new art exhibition at Oxford House Gallery, with works from participants and tutors. This multifarious array will boast
something to suit everyone’s fancy, from abstract to realist and oils to watercolours.  Examining the extraordinary, the ordinary and the imaginary through art and mind!

Hanging the exhibition by Susana Lopez Fernandez

Location: Oh! Gallery, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, http://www.oxfordhouse.org.uk/

Opening times: Mon – Fri 9am -9pm, Sat 10-2* (subject to staff availability)

CoolTan Arts is an arts mental health charity that believes mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity, dedicated to achieving and promoting wellbeing through the arts, empowering individuals and destigmatising mental health.

All the artworks in the exhibition are for sale, please contact CoolTan Arts for details.

Artwork at Oxford House

With thanks to Oxford House, CoolTan tutors and participants for their contribution and support.

More information about CoolTan Arts and the exhibition is available from Kathrin Kirrmann, Communications Officer CoolTan Arts, kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk or 020 77012696 www.cooltanarts.org.uk

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New Theatre Creation workshop

IMG-Theatre-Creation-v1Meet people and work with them to craft a play, using stories borrowed, remembered and found, making narratives out of ideas and playing with them till they live in a different form.

It’s a 12 week course starting on 22nd November, 6pm-8pm!

Discounted price for concessions- £6 for a 2 hour session*, £8 non-concessions. Monthly Payment.

For more information or to book your place, please contact Rosie on 020 7701 2696 or email rosie@cooltanarts.org.uk. Advance booking recommended, limited number of workshop participants.

Come along, get creative, meet like-minded people and make friends.

*Includes unemployed people and people receiving benefits

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk on 09 October 2010 was a great success!

Over 70 people were marching to celebrate Mad Heritage and raise money for CoolTan Arts.

You can still sponsor CoolTan Arts walkers and volunteers on http://www.justgiving.com/cooltanartslargactylwalkers.

Please support us!

Walkers at the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle was designed to celebrate Mad Heritage & World Mental Health Day, exploring the past, present and future of “Madness and Contemporary Psychiatric Innovation”, and was intended to challenge the stigma associated with mental distress and to raise money for CoolTan Arts’ groundbreaking and popular work.

You could feel the enthusiasm, anticipation and energy. Walkers were welcomed by Michelle Baharier, Chief Executive of CoolTan Arts, Tayo Situ, Mayor of Southwark, and Dr Neeraj Patil, Mayor of Lambeth.  Dr Patil, a psychiatrist himself, highlighted the strong benefits of the way CoolTan Arts uses creativity to enhance wellbeing and said, “CoolTan Arts gets rid of depression on a permanent basis”.

Five bio-degradable sculptures made in CoolTan Arts workshops were placed along the route. They represented five inspirational Southwark characters who championed work in the field of mental health and psychiatry – Sir Peter Mansfield, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Octavia Hill, David Morris. The sculptures and walk were filmed by CoolTan Arts for a documentary.

The brave people who completed the whole walk were welcomed at the Tate Modern by Liz Ellis, Curator of Family and Community Programmes. The walkers celebrated their achievements with home-made cakes, film screenings, and poetry readings.

Local MP Simon Hughes made a surprise visit to the Tate Modern, congratulating the walkers. He supports the Largactyl Shuffle because it’s “walking with a purpose” and says it would be great to have more places like CoolTan Arts. “Carry on building, growing, being ambitious, keeping doors open for everyone who needs you.”

One of the walkers, Z.K., said: “I met a lot of new people on the walk and spoke to a lot of people I had met before but never talked to. I found out a lot of new things about my local area and mental health history. I had a jolly good time.” Another walker, S.H., said: “I really enjoyed the walk on Saturday. I think this must be my third or fourth.”

CoolTan Arts is grateful for all the support received and wants to thank all the walkers and volunteers that helped to make this an unforgettable event. The money raised via the Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk will ensure CoolTan Arts can continue to run top quality art workshops, reach more people with their services, and help us move from our dilapidated warehouse to suitable buildings with 21st century heating and toilets!

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CoolTan Arts and Michelle Baharier shortlisted for the RADAR People of the Year Awards

CoolTan Arts are proud to announce that the organisation has been shortlisted in the arts category alongside Bobby Baker, Bobby Baker’s Daily Life Ltd. (2 Nominations), Cirque Nova, Lizzie Emeh and The Other Side Gallery. In addition, CoolTan Arts’ CEO Michelle Baharier has been shortlisted as Person of the Year: sponsored by IHG alongside Anne Novis, Dr. Nasser Siabi, Helen Chipchase, Ian Martin, Nicola Martin, Parmi Dheensa, Stephen Brookes, Wycliffe Noble.

The RADAR awards, presented by the UK’s largest disability campaigns network, celebrate people and organisations that have made real strides towards equality, empowerment and inclusion for disabled people in the UK. The winners will be announced at a black tie dinner and presentation ceremony at Evolution, Battersea Park on 29 November, hosted by Cerrie Burnell, BBC TV presenter, actress and author.

The Chief Executive of CoolTan Arts, Michelle Baharier, said: “It’s amazing to be on a shortlist with all these other people and organisations. As a disabled person much has changed in my lifetime but discrimination and stigma are still alive. Therefore it is important we all become torchbearers of change.”

The Chief Executive of RADAR, Liz Sayce, described this year’s Awards: “Everyone on the shortlist is helping to change our world in ways that benefit disabled people, our friends, families and society as a whole. We have chosen ‘Ahead of the Curve’ as the theme for RADAR’s People of the Year Awards this year as it is vital we build on the hard won successes of the last few years in furthering equality. Being ahead of the curve on disability enables business to attract talent and customers and improves public services.”

Other Awards categories include: Accessibility Award: sponsored by The Shaw Trust, Care and Support, Careers and Leadership Award: sponsored by Microlink PC, Sports Award: sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, Stop Hate Award: sponsored by the Crown Prosecution Service, Technology Award: sponsored by One Voice Coalition, Young Person of the Year: sponsored by Nuance, Broadcast Media Factual, Broadcast Media Fictional.

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Ruby sparkles at CoolTan Arts

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.

“In the space of an hour-and-a-bit, I laughed more than I have over the last couple of months.  Far from being the intimidating characters that I’d imagined, Ruby and Judith made me and my companions feel like we were on the same level as them, giving a warm, empathetic and insightful view into their experiences.  An evening of bittersweet comedy, with a serious message behind it, the show seemed to resonate with many of our own lives.    Laughter being the best medicine, I’m tempted to suggest that ‘Losing It’ should be available on prescription from all good GPs.” (Zoe King).

Download the full review here

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Sculptures along the Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk

Celebrate ‘mad’ culture, explore the past, present and future of “Madness and Contemporary Psychiatric Innovation” with CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle from Maudsley Hospital to Tate Modern taking place on Saturday 9 Oct 2010!

5 bio-degradable sculptures will be placed along the route. Discover Octavia Hill at Red Cross Gardens, Charles Babbage on Larcom Street, Michael Faraday at Faraday Gardens, Sir Peter Mansfield at the Institute of Psychiatry and David Morris at Tate Modern.

Celebrate mad and eccentric culture by joining us on our Largactyl Shuffle and reception at Tate Modern for a donation of only £5! Sign up now, check http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/ for details, email clara@cooltanarts.org.uk with your details and donate your £5 through paypal.

Sponsor our walkers on Justgiving

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Mad Heritage Exhibition at Oxford House

Mad Heritage Exhibition

October 4-29

A group exhibition of CoolTan artists celebrating World Mental Health and raising awareness of the charity’s work: promoting wellbeing through Art.Click here to view the flyer

The artists are all participants of workshops run for and by those whom have experienced mental distress, their work bears testimony to the exceptional power of art to transform and liberate.  Through painting, drawing, sculpture, textile and written word we see the triumphal, extraordinary and unusual exploration of our Mad Heritage.

Special Event: 19th October 6-9pm Oh!Gallery:

Meet the artists, watch a screening of the Largactyl Shuffle film and presentation of CoolTan’s work.

Exhibitions and Event entry are free –Come join the fun – You’d be mad not to!

With special thanks to Michelle, the tutors and participants for their contribution and support.

Thanks to Oxford House and Suzie Ragab for hosting this exciting exhibition.


Oh! Gallery, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG, http://www.oxfordhouse.org.uk/

Opening times: Mon – Fri 9am -9pm, Sat 10-2* (subject to staff availability)

More information about CoolTan Arts is available from Kathrin Kirrmann, Communications Officer, kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 77012696

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