Creative Minds is a social enterprise and arts organisation founded in November 2012 by James Cropper and is based in Guildford, Surrey. For over 5 years our art sessions have had a huge impact on the lives of older adults, people with learning disabilities, adults in the community and children, enabling people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity.
Our art sessions are delivered by our passionate community of artists across the country enabling the participants to explore their creativity and create wonderful artwork with the support and guidance of an experienced artist. Our nationwide community of artists currently visit over 210 venues delivering 350 art sessions to over 1500 participants a month. As a social enterprise we have 2 important social aims which are key to what we do…
Our social aims are:
To empower and enhance people’s lives through art and creativity. We want to empower the individual and improve their well-being.
To make art accessible to everyone. We want to encourage as many people as possible to give art and crafts a go.
We are continually striving to achieve our social aims ensuring that as many people as possible can benefit from our services and access art. Every artist who joins Creative Minds believes passionately about the arts for health and well being and is aligned with our social aims.
“I have always enjoyed being creative and feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend most of my life either doing art or teaching it. Having graduated with a degree in fine art from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1995, I spend several years producing and selling my own work, before training as a teacher in 2002. I have spent 13 years teaching art and textiles to 11-16 year old’s which has been an amazing experience, but when I found out about Creative Minds I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. I have worked for a charity who support and deliver art therapy for the past year and have seen the benefits that art can have for mental health and well being. It is fantastic to be able to use my skills as an artist and teacher to help enrich the lives of others and encourage creativity, which we all know is good for the soul.”
What would you say to anyone thinking of joining Creative Minds?
“It was a bit scary giving up a good job with a secure income, but I am so glad I did, and I would encourage anyone else who is thinking of becoming a Creative Minds Artist to take the opportunity and discover how rewarding delivering Art Sessions can be.”
Our vibrant community is growing and we are always looking for artists who are supportive and compassionate to join us enabling people to explore their creativity.