CoolTan Arts and Michelle Baharier

CoolTan Arts is an award-winning charity that improves mental wellbeing through participation in arts activities.

Michelle Baharier

Michelle Baharier is one of the founders of CoolTan Arts and was CEO between 2010 and 2015. Her passion and determination contributed significantly to establishing CoolTan Arts and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.

The Situation

During 2015, issues regarding Michelle’s management style came to the attention of the Board of Trustees. Several staff, board members, volunteers and participants complained of bullying and harassment and of these, a significant number left. Out of concern for the health and safety and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and participants, the … Read More »

CoolTan Arts at Pexmas Market

Pexmas is a market in December for the general public during the Xmas season to find something different than the usual commercial shops and stores. The market has many stalls which sell things that are not produced at the commercial level. This particular market is in during the pre-Christmas weeks for people to find things for themselves or buying presents or something new for Xmas. This market had many stalls like ceramics or handmade crafts.

This year the charitable organisation CoolTan Arts decided to open their pitch to sell their art works. CoolTan’s shop was managed by  CoolTan officers Hermione and Olivia. Other volunteers like … Read More »

Free Exhibitions to visit over Christmas

Here is a list of galleries that have free exhibitions over Christmas:

Newport Street Gallery

Newport St, Lambeth, London SE11 6AJ

Gavin Turk: Who What When Where How & Why


Newport Street Gallery is showing the first major solo exhibition of work by British artist Gavin Turk since 2002.

‘Who What When Where How and Why’ spans twenty-six years of the artist’s career and features over seventy works. The exhibition – which includes new and previously unexhibited work – is on display throughout Newport Street’s six gallery spaces.

White Cube Bermondsey

144-152 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ

Anselm Kiefer: Walhalla

12 FEB 2017

Closed Mondays

White Cube is … Read More »

CoolTan Arts opening times over Christmas

CoolTan Arts will be closed from Thursday 22nd December until Monday 2nd January.

There will be no workshops on Tuesday 20th or Wednesday 21st December, however if you would like to come in and say hello, have a cup of tea or speak to someone, our doors will be open from 10am – 5pm.

Workshops will resume from Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


Who to Contact in a Crisis
If you are experiencing an emotional or mental crisis please go to the Southwark Council website for the most up to date contact numbers and information.
Please don’t contact CoolTan Arts as we don’t have the resources … Read More »