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 feel privileged to live in a vibrant and creative city such as Brighton, especially with my background in fashion. I attended the London College of Fashion many years ago and have designed, made and sold clothes for children and adults over the years.
Recently, I became interested in how art could promote personal well being and started working as an Activities Coordinator helping people with dementia and learning difficulties. I noticed the effect that all forms of art made to their sense of personal happiness and self confidence. This includes dance, music and the visual arts.
As an artist myself I love to explore all media and feel I have only scratched the surface of what is possible with the materials I currently use. I enjoy working with acrylics because they are so versatile. I also love the depth of colour when working with ink and for quick sketches it’s convenient to use watercolour. I attend a weekly art group and also love to attend exhibitions.
I have not long since returned from a trip around the Caribbean and was fortunate enough to visit Cuba. I was astounded at the creativity and the focus on the arts. It was incredibly inspiring.
I am really excited about joining Creative Minds and making art accessible to the vulnerable in the Brighton & Hove community. In doing so, I hope to do as much as I can to promote their personal sense of well-being.
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.