Class Trip! Basquiat at the Barbican

On Friday 1st December, the CoolTan Arts Friday visual arts workshop group made a trip to the Barbican to see the popular and well-reviewed exhibition Basquiat: Boom For Real. One of the workshop members, Emma, wrote an account of what she thought about the show…

Being the sophisticated polymath that I am I had never heard of Basquiat till a few months ago when one of his pictures sold for £110 million and it made headlines around the world. Apparently he slept with Madonna and was friends with Picasso and died at 27. At the time I googled some of his … Read More »

Review: Loving Vincent

Recently a group of CoolTan Arts members went to see Loving Vincent, the first fully painted feature film. Tickets were very kindly provided by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, which is on The Mall just off Trafalgar Square. Here one of CoolTan’s volunteers, Mel, reviews the film: 

Van Gogh’s paintings and the visual reproductions were breathtakingly beautiful.   I also thought the narrative may have been based on actual statements made at the time of his death.  The film discussed different perspectives on whether his death was suicide, a crime or a plain mystery, which was quite gripping. The cinema was nearly … Read More »

Walworth Festival #4

On the last Saturday in September, CoolTan Arts attended Walworth Festival at the new Elephant Park. The event was the fourth and final summer festival organised by the Walworth Society, for the purpose of promoting the heritage, creativity and diversity of the Walworth area.

Elizabeth, Gary, Aaron, Saffron, Jeff, Charlie and Peter all helped to showcase CoolTan’s poetry, photographs, paintings, postcards and other merchandise, which proved very popular. With its bright red stall near the entrance, CoolTan attracted a constant stream of intrigued passers-by, including Southwark’s new Mayor, Charlie Smith, who posed for a photograph with our volunteers.

As well as the … Read More »

Nocturnes Wonder

Launched at Camberwell Arts Festival 2017, Nocturnes Wonder is a moonlit musical journey you can experience anywhere in the world, created with CoolTan Arts. Until July 2018, you can download Nocturnes Wonder here for free:

 Download Nocturnes Wonder

Image by Nomi©2017

Nocturnes Wonder is a suite of downloadable musical movements produced by composer Isa Suarez about how music can affect our mind, heartbeat and wellbeing. It features UK female beatboxer KimmyBeatbox, The Camberwell Community Choir and CoolTan Arts members’ voices.

Creating Nocturnes Wonder with CoolTan Arts

Female beatboxer Kimmy Beatbox held a workshop for CoolTan participants earlier in the year, to come up with tunes and rhythms for the … Read More »