Past Exhibitions

Below is a selection of artworks and details of our past exhibitions.


Modern Masculinity

21 November 2016 – 27 January 2016

This exhibition explores modern masculinity and how it affects mental health. It features over 20 works of poetry and visual arts by CoolTan Arts participants, all of whom have lived experience of mental health distress.


CoolTan Arts: A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Digital Book and Exhibition

27 July – 23 September 2016

This year CoolTan Arts is celebrating 25 years of working in arts and mental health. For the occassion we have looked back through our archives, and put together a digital book and exhibition. They celebrate the creative activities of the unique organisation through interviews, posters, documents and artwork, while charting the history of key moments in the arts and mental health community of South London.

The project comprised an 18-week workshop culminating in a digital book and exhibition of accompanying materials charting CoolTan’s history of supporting mental wellbeing through creativity. Participants and volunteers worked alongside staff, tutors and former members, gaining skills
such as digital design, research, interviewing, writing and decision making, all with the generous support of the London Community Foundation.

The book features key events and archived materials. It includes details of CoolTan’s early days as a squat in Brixton, the controversial 1995 Sex, Health & Education exhibition, Glastonbury attendance, the 1997 International Mail Art exhibition and celebrations of more recent projects including the Largactyl Shuffle. Profiles of early CoolTan members and current participants also feature, providing an insight into the life of CoolTan and its transition to a mental health charity.




Pledge For Parity

24 March – June 2016

Opening: Wednesday 23 March, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Poster for Pledge for Parity exhibition RGBIn honour of this year’s International Women’s Day, and its theme ‘Pledge for Parity’, participants of art workshops have created an exhibition of over fifteen artworks exploring the idea. Through mixed media, collage, digital designs and more traditional media such as painting and drawing, the dualities of gender and equality in society are examined in text and image.

While celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, the artwork also highlights problems still facing females today. From inequality when compared to men’s role in the workplace, to revelations about the mental anguish caused by the pressures of media regarding body size. This group of artists – both male and female – have expressed issues which matter to them personally as well as affecting woman and mankind across the globe.

Find out more about International Women’s Day and this year’s theme #PledgeforParity here: 




Black History Month Exhibition

21st October 2015 – 12th December 2015

Black Month History Flyer

Below is a photo review of the event. Photography by Robert Larkin Frost.

Cats 22 Exhibition

10th June – 10th September 2015

 21st Century Women

4 March – 18 April 2016

21st Century Women Exhibition

CoolTan Arts latest exhibition is ’21st Century Women’. All artwork was created by CoolTan participants in creative workshops and explores themes relating to International Women’s Day. The exhibition is in CoolTan’s gallery space, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, Se17 1JE. The exhibition is open from 4th March-4th June 2015, Monday – Friday 10am-5pm.

Transformation and Innovation

16th October 2014- 16th January 2015




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