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.
Art has always played a large part in my life even when the practicalities of life itself has meant it had to take a back seat. I was fortunate to be able to return to study Graphics and Illustration as a mature student and discovered a passion for all forms of printmaking. I was juggling freelance with family life when I saw the Creative Minds ad and i new instinctively that I wanted to be part of this community of artists. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring the pleasure of creativity to my local community and hopefully spread happiness on the way!
I began exploring my artistic flair back in 2001 when I was encouraged to take an opportunity to leave full time employment and return to Further Education. The creative journey has transformed the way I view the world and I have been lucky enough to work in my local Primary School for 13 years teaching Art as one of my subjects, returning to University in 2012 to finally complete my Fine Art Degree on a part-time basis. Having graduated in 2016 I am thrilled to now be working in such a worthwhile creative business, with the network support of a great bunch of professional artists. Being able to explore such a vast range of art mediums and materials is incredible whilst sharing the joy of creativity with others.
I am also continuing to create my own mixed-media conceptual art pieces, currently exhibiting with a fantastic art group in my local area.
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.