Invitation to CoolTan Arts AGM – 16th Sept 6-9pm

You are invited to join CoolTan Arts AGM on Tuesday 16th September 2014, starting at 6pm and finishing at 9pm. All are welcome.
Address: CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

CoolTan Arts will present their annual report and discuss current and future activities. Your chance to get involved, join us for a social and informative evening! We hope many supporters, volunteers and participants will be there.

We will also be officially presented with our Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, please join us to celebrate CoolTan’s success!
The usual spectacular CoolTan AGM refreshments will also be available!

Please RSVP along with any dietary requirements to Olivia at CoolTan, call 02077012696 or email olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk.

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Photo Review – Largactyl Shuffle at Liberty Festival 2013

OLiberty9n Saturday 7th September the Largactyl Shuffle led a guided walk across the Olympic Park as part of Liberty Festival 2013.

The walk theme was Biodiversity and explored the environment and the psycho-geography of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park a year on from the end of the Paralympics.

Here is an image gallery of photos from the event.

Photos by Amos Phillips

 

 

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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 Largactyl Shuffle: Black History Walk

17 September 2011, 12noon at Maudsley Hospitalblack history walk image

Did you know that the first documented interracial marriage took place in Southwark in 1770?
And that the great Black violin virtuoso George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower died in Southwark in 1860?
And that Beethoven dedicated a sonata to him in 1803 which they performed together in Vienna?

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Group invites you to participate in our Black History Walk, a free guided cultural walk around Southwark, promoting mental health and physical wellbeing, using art, humour and history and destigmatising mental distress.

Join this exciting walk and early celebration of Black History Month, explore stories and figures relating to Black History and BME communities in Southwark, arts and mental health.

Do you have a story to tell that is related to Black history, arts and mental health in Southwark? Maybe you have a letter, a newspaper article, a photo, clothing, etc. relating to Black History and want to share it? Then let us know, bring it with you and come along. Any contributions are welcome.

The walk is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. Everyone is welcome!

The Largactyl Shuffle group offers peer support and an open and friendly environment with like-minded people. Join in, learn and share Southwark’s history! Come along and add to the discussion and exploration, share your thoughts and ideas, enjoy the company of others and have fun.

Walkers meet at Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ from 11.30am for a 12noon start, and the walk ends ends at Tate Modern; the walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 0798 565 8443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the day.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks, wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear.

Do you want to get involved or contribute to this walk, share your stories? Contact Kaya or Patrick at cooltan-largactyl-shuffle@googlegroups.com.

Download a poster here.

Notes to editors

Photo credit: The image is a combination of 2 separate pictures (edited by Emma Thatcher).

The image shows Dr Harold Moody who was a black activist and physician who lived in Peckham. He established the League of Coloured Peoples.

Source: http://dulwichonview.org.uk/2008/10/17/black-londoners-in-wartime-many-stories-to-tell%E2%80%A6/

And Una Marson who was a feminist activist, writer and broadcaster for the BBC, she lived in Camberwell. Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7931056.stm

The Largactyl Shuffle is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug chlorpromazine sold as Largactil in Europe which has severe side effects.

CoolTan Arts exists to inspire the well-being and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality art. Reg. Charity Nr. 1064231

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

Further information is available from Kathrin Kirrmann, Communications Officer kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk, or Susan McNally, Largactyl Shuffle Development Manager, susan@cooltanarts.org.uk,    www.cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696.

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle as part of the Elephant and Nun Festival – RESCHEDULED

Urgent notice – Due to police advice regarding current events, Southwark Council have decided to reschedule the Elephant and Nun Festival.

Sunday 18 September 2011, 12 noon at Camberwell Green

Elephant_and_the_Nun_banner_copy_v2As part of the Elephant and Nun Festival CoolTan Arts takes you on a Largactyl Shuffle linking the four main areas of the Elephant and Nun Festival Finale. Join us for a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical wellbeing, learn more about the local area of Camberwell Green, Peckham Square, Brunswick Park and Lucas Gardens. See what’s going on for this exciting new Southwark Festival.

For more information about CoolTan Arts, contact us on info@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 77012696 or 07985658443.
For more info about the festival and complete listings: www.southwark.gov.uk/whats​on. Download the full programme here.

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: Family Treasure Hunt

20 August 2011, 12noon at Maudsley Hospital

Did you know…? Giraffes were first seen in public just off The Walworth Road/ Camberwell!

Come to CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Walk to find out more. It will be entertaining, with lots of quirky details and facts you never knew before!

This walk is specifically designed for families and children – a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical wellbeing, using art, humour and history, destigmatising mental distress.

Itineray of the walk:  We have three stops with talks plus refreshments at CoolTan. You can join us at any time and do not have to do the whole walk. There will be fun and entertainment for young and old.

11.30- 12 Meet Outside The Maudsley & Registration for the walk.
12.00 Maudsley. Start walk
12.30 – 1pm Camberwell Green- Butterfly Games & Quiz & History of Burgess Park & Camberwell Spas.
1.20-2pm CoolTan Arts- introduction to Cooltan Arts & refreshments & Hop Scotch
2.15- 3pm Heygate Estate Allotments- Historical Southwark Zoo, Symbolism of Flowers, historical horticulture businesses, talk on the regeneration of The Elephant
3.45- 4.30pm The Tate Modern Community Gardens- herbalism & fairy stories, Garden games

You are welcome to join us for any part of the walk – however short or long! The walk is accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. Everyone is welcome!

The walk starts at 12noon at the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ, and ends at Tate Modern; the walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985658443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the day.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks, wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear.

Additional information

The Largactyl Shuffle is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug chlorpromazine sold as Largactil in Europe which has severe side effects.

CoolTan Arts exists to inspire the well-being and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality art based on social entreprise principles. 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 kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk, or Susan McNally, Largactyl Shuffle Development Manager, susan@cooltanarts.org.uk,    www.cooltanarts.org.uk CoolTan Arts, 020 7701 2696

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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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Largactyl Shuffle Legacy Walk with CoolTan Arts

Saturday 23 July 2011, 12:00 noon at Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ

Join CoolTan Arts for an urban exploration walk of the area where the Olympics and Paralympics will take place in 2012; find out about the place, people and local community, and celebrate the Games and Olympic values and what they bring to the local community and the everyday lives of the people living in the Olympic boroughs.walkers hackney marshes 2010 olympic legacy walk web

Experience the clash between the former industrial area and the funky artistic area that Hackney has become, and how it has changed with the preparations and construction for London 2012. Explore the story of the Olympics and Paralympics, what they bring to London’s Olympic Boroughs, the changes of the area, and walk past some of the key Olympics sites.

It will be entertaining, with lots of quirky details and facts you never knew before!

Come and join us on 23 July at 12:00 noon at the entrance of the Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ (near Hackney Central Station), and take part in this exciting walk! The walk will end at Pudding Mill Lane (access to DLR and local buses).

Additional information:

The walk is supported by the Centre for Better Health.

In response to the Olympics, CoolTan Arts have created this walk through the area of the Olympic Boroughs and the surroundings of the Olympic Park alongside their regular monthly Largactyl Shuffle Walks in South London. The walk starts at Hackney Museum E8 1GQ and goes through the Community Woodlands, along the Lee Valley Navigation and Olympic construction zone ending at Pudding Mill Lane overlooking the Olympic Stadium. The walk covers 4 miles and lasts about 3, 5 hours.

The walk is organised as part of this year’s London 2012 Open Weekend, supported by BP, to take place on 22-24 July 2011. It will start the countdown to one year to go to the Games, as we welcome the world, showcasing the best of what the UK has to offer in art, dance, film, sport… For more details about the Open Weekend: http://www.london2012.com/open-weekend

CoolTan Arts is an innovative mental health charity based in South London and believes that wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity. It exists to inspire the wellbeing and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality arts. The organisation is run by and for people with disabilities and aims to de-stigmatise mental health through arts and exercise. For more information about CoolTan Arts, please contact Kathrin Kirrmann, Information and Communications Manager, 020 7701 2696 or 0798 565 8443, kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle: Literary Walk

Literary Walk_Photography by Jenny Brown_ for web

Saturday 16 July 2011, 12noon
Start at Maudsley Hospital, end at Tate Modern

Bifil that in that seson, on a day,
In Southwerk at the Tabard as I lay
Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage
To Caunterbury with ful devout corage.

Geoffrey Chaucer, Prologue to The Canterbury Tales.

Following in the footsteps of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, explore writers past and present, known and unknown – join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle on 16th July in an exciting literary walk with storytelling, celebrating literature, spoken word and poetry.

Explore the psychogeography of Southwark and found out more about inspiring writers that have connections with the borough. Be part of this experimental performance piece where literature comes to life and we share our personal storytelling.

The talks and readings from the walk will be recorded for a sound art project, a collaboration with South London Gallery and artist Isa Suarez.

We are looking for Southwark based writers/ performers to contribute their stories ; Spoken Word, Poetry, Rap, Short Stories; writers who have work about Southwark/set in Southwark; writers exploring mental health issues through their work.

Come along and add to the discussion and exploration, share your thoughts and ideas, enjoy the company of others and have fun.

The walk starts at 12noon at the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ, and ends at Tate Modern; the walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985658443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the day.

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

Notes to editors

Quote reference: Geoffrey Chaucer, Prologue to The Canterbury Tales http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm

Photograph by Jenny Brown.

The Largactyl Shuffle is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug chlorpromazine sold as Largactil in Europe which has severe side effects.

CoolTan Arts exists to inspire the well-being and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality art. 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 kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk, or Susan McNally, Largactyl Shuffle Development Manager, susan@cooltanarts.org.uk,   020 7701 2696

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Photos from CoolTan Arts Midnight Largactyl Shuffle Walk June 2011

Night time is the time for the Outsider, the sleepless, the restless, and the wanderer. Charles Dickens, an avid nightwalker, asked: “Are not the sane and the insane equal at night as the sane lie a dreaming?” Over 50 people joined CoolTan Arts Midnight Largactyl Shuffle on 19 June 2011, following in the footsteps of past and present nightwalkers; and celebrating summer solstice, marking the shortest night of the year, and the magic of pagan midsummer.

Intrigued? Contact us for more information or drop an email to info@cooltanarts.org.uk to be added to the mailing list and receive updates and event invitations.

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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 Midnight Largactyl Shuffle Walk

cooltan arts-midnightwalk-leafletSaturday 18 June 2011 12midnight

Meet at Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG (main entrance on Holland Street)

Join CoolTan Arts for a guided Summer Solstice Midnight walk, explore the urban psycho-geography of South London and learn about local history and familiar landmarks in a light you have never seen them before.

Participate in this unique procession from the powerhouse Tate Modern to the home of contemporary psychiatry, the Maudsley Hospital.

Walkers meet at 12midnight at the main entrance of Tate Modern and finish the walk in the wee hours of Sunday at the Maudsley Hospital.

Feel free to bring sandwiches, tea, coffee for the route (no alcohol please).

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical wellbeing, and was named after the anti-psychotic drug Largactil which has severe side effects including a shambolic walk.

*Part of Camberwell Arts Festival*

For more information, please contact Kathrin Kirrmann, Communications Officer CoolTan Arts on kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk, call 020 77012696 or 079 8565 8443.

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CoolTan Arts Open Day and Mad Hatters Tea Party

mad hatters 11 june 2011 print

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.

Location:

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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Photos from CoolTan Arts May Day Largactyl Shuffle

On a beautiful afternoon, 21 May 2011,  a group of walkers met at Tate Modern for guided cultural walk through South London discovering hidden places and learning about the history surrounding May Day in Southwark, arts and mental health.

The walkers were joined by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who  performed a blessing, marking IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia). The walk finished at Camberwell Green with Maypole Dancing. A fun afternoon for wellbeing.

Check out some photos here:

For more images from Zoe, a Largactyl Shuffle walker, follow this link

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CoolTan Arts May Day Largactyl Shuffle with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

maypoleSaturday 21 May 2011, 12noon

Start at Tate Modern, end at Camberwell Green with Maypole dancing

Another exciting guided Largactyl Shuffle walk with CoolTan Arts. Celebrate and discover the origins of May Day in a fun way. For this walk we invite participants to dress up for May Day celebrations, as Green Men, pagans in garlands, May Kings or Queens, or anything else that will help us in welcoming the return of spring.

On this walk we’ll be exploring the origins of May Day, the Maypole, and the history of Mayday in Southwark.  We’ll also look into the political importance of Mayday with an anarchist/communist insight.

We are joined by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who will perform a blessing, marking IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) at the Cross Bones Cemetery.

The walk will conclude with a finale including Maypole dancing and other festivities in Camberwell Green.

Come along and add to the discussion and exploration, share your thoughts and ideas, enjoy the company of others and have fun. Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle from Tate Modern to Camberwell Green, a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical wellbeing, using art, exercise, humour and history and destigmatising mental health.

The walk starts at 12noon at the Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG – main entrance outside the Turbine Hall; the walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985658443 if you cannot find the group of walkers on the day.

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, people with disabilities.

Additional information

The Largactyl Shuffle is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug chlorpromazine sold as Largactil in Europe which has severe side effects.

CoolTan Arts exists to inspire the well-being and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality art. 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 kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk, or Susan McNally, Largactyl Shuffle Development Manager, susan@cooltanarts.org.uk,    www.cooltanarts.org.uk , 020 7701 2696

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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.

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