Audio & Podcasts

CoolTan Arts have created podcasts, audio walks and radio shows. Here are a selection of works from recent years.

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At the Crossroads with Vincent  – this audio walk was created by CoolTan artists during 2014, through workshops facilitated by R.M. Sánchez-Camus and Isa Suarez and produced by Artangel. It invites listeners on a journey through the city and their own subconscious, exploring the life of Vincent Van Gogh and his connection to South London. Van Gogh lived from 1873 to 1874 at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton. Inspiration was gained from both Van Gogh’s own letters and how his mental distress might have affected his perspective of the world.Van Gogh allegedly suffered from epilepsy, bi-polar disorder and delusions and this walk looks at mental health and how we might put ourselves in the vulnerable position of using our imagination publicly.

Largactyl Shufflings celebrate LGBT History Month – A CoolTan Arts Show on Resonance Fm – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle sashed through the queer history of Southwark with this radio show which shared stories about past and contemporary LGBT locals. The group explored how LGBT people are represented in old ballads and poems, LGBT people and mental health issues and the idea of Queer Memory. The show was broadcast on Resonance FM on Friday 7th February 2014 between 8-9pm.

Largactyl Shufflings explores Dickens and mental health – A CoolTan Arts show on Resonance FM – CoolTan Arts explore Dickens, night walking and mental health history through poetry, story and fashion. CoolTan Arts CEO Michelle Baharier and Richard Muzira discuss Dickens and his relevance to current conditions of increasing poverty and the treatment of mental health issues today. Learn about the exciting Dickens Project and about the Largactyl Shuffle and its role in giving people local landmarks, safe spaces and free, accessible social opportunities. The broadcast includes readings from the Dickens Project group, a sound piece by Isa Suarez developed with CoolTan Arts, Julius Xavier’s song, Personalisation and poetry by Sasha Dee and Debbie Francis. The show was broadcast on Resonance FM on Friday 21st June 2012 between 8-9pm.
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Personalisation song – Song about Personalisation by CoolTan participant and singer/songwriter Julius Xavier.
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Personalisation, isolation & the end of the day centres – A CoolTan participant interviews Lynne Clayton, co-chair of Southwark Mind at the Personalisation Event June 23rd 2011, Southwark.
 
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Personalisation: Traditionally more excluded types of disabled people – Adrian Whyatt – former trustee at the Royal Association for Disability Rights (RADAR) and former Chair, Greater London Action on Disability (GLAD) – interviews Jon Newton, head of Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment for Southwark Council about traditionally more excluded types of disabled people (e.g. those with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, attenion (deficit) hyperactivity disorder (adhd) and brain injury survivors. At the Personalisation Event June 23rd 2011, Southwark.
 
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Personalisation – The new word in social care – A CoolTan Arts interview with CoolTan poet and long term participant Peter Cox, by podcaster Stefan Finnis.
 
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Paint Me Well – CoolTan Arts participant Aaron Pilgrim reports on the benefits and uses of therapeutic art. Listen and hear two people – one a tutor, one a student – talk about their first-hand experiences of the benefits of therapeutic art. This podcast was produced as part of Cool Tan’s Podcasting Course for Southwark residents.

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Why do we volunteer? – A piece by podcasting student Mohammed on what volunteering means to different people and the pros and cons of volunteering. Mohammed talks to CoolTan stalwarts Richard Muzira and Will Ball about the reasons and the results of volunteering at CoolTan.
 
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OAP’s and public transport – Margeret, an active member of Age Concern, learned to podcast in just three short weeks. This is her piece on OAPs and London travel, which she collected from CoolTan and the surrounding area in Elephant and Castle…definitely a hotspot for travel trials and tribulations!
 
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The joys of gardening…and making shoes out of tyres – CoolTan Arts volunteers Will and Mohammed are outside in the sun in front of the building. Will discusses gardening on a low budget, as he has been taking care of the CoolTan entrance which is in a blooming good state! Mohammed, a student on exchange from Tanzania, is making sandals out of old tyres with a view to giving future workshops on tyre sandal making. Both have tips on recycling that you won’t hear elsewhere!
 
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Buddhism in the city – Living in the city can be taxing and stressful, but some people find a way to retreat even without leaving zone 1.
Have you ever wondered where you might go to find more? Would you like to know a bit more about relaxing and being rested, without spending time away from London? Well this programme will tell you one way of starting. Sarah Campbell from Herne Hill finds out by asking a few Londoners, as part of Cool Tan’s Radio Production and Broadcasting Workshop.

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