New Workshops for Spring 2017

Due to popular demand, we will be running more Connect and Discover courses in Spring 2017
Starting in February, these five and six week courses are part of a research project into community learning, run in partnership with Morley College. Aimed at adults feeling low, anxious or fed up, they aim to enhance wellbeing and help people manage their moods. CoolTan will be offering a range of courses in visual and textile arts.

What is Connect and Discover?
Connect and Discover is a project offering free short courses in order to research into the impact of community learning on wellbeing. They are aimed … Read More »

The CoolTan Poets perform at Shakespeare’s Globe

A Concert for Winter is Southbank’s free annual showcase and celebration of the past, present and future of Southwark. Complete with song, dance, poetry and performance, the event celebrates the borough’s rich and diverse talents.

The Globe invites local community groups to perform, and this year, for the second time, CoolTan’s all male poetry group ‘Poetree’  performed original work written especially for the occasion, on the theme of winter.

Photography by Cesare Di Giglio

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 »