Creative Minds at the Tate Exchange!


In May 2018 a number of CM Artists worked on an exciting art project at the Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange led by MA students from Westminster University alongside residents from Snowdrop House, Enfield and Appleby House, Epsom. They had the opportunity to not only visit this iconic gallery, but also take part in a ‘Dreamweavers Workshop’ creating a striking installation that was on display at the gallery over Easter! This was a very moving and thought-provoking project for all involved and was a wonderful experience for all the residents who took part. Nicky, Lifestyle Lead at Snowdrop House commented: “Residents and staff made art work using fabrics and textiles to incorporate dreams they’ve had. This was such a fun exercise and it evoked different emotions in everybody involved. One gentleman use to dream about his wife whom had passed a few years previously, and he found it very cathartic. All I can say is what a fantastic day we had. And it’s not everyday you can say that you had work displayed at the Tate!”

tate exchange
tate exchange
tate exchange

We’re excited to announce that we’ll back again at the Tate Exchange in May, working in collaboration with Westminster University on another project! This three-day workshop will run from 15th – 17th May and is open for anyone to come and take part and add to an interactive installation.

tate exchange
Art by Jenny Holzer, Photo by Timeout London

The theme this year is “Movement” and is a response to the current exhibition at The Tate Modern by Jenny Holzer. This has inspired the project to explore ideas surrounding migration and flight, reflecting the way in which we all move through life. On the run up to the 15th of May, our artists will be working on the project and will be joined by students from Westminster University, creating art work with their clients at Care Homes to bring along to the Tate Exchange. This will be installed as a starting point to inspire the 3-day workshop.

We’ll be sharing lots of updates across our social media channels on the run up to the Tate Exchange project, so be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the behind-the-scenes action. All are welcome to join us for this exciting workshop!

We hope to see you there!

The CM Artists included in the project are:
Hanna, Cherry, Caroline, Sasha, Alice, George, Kirsteen, Karen, Sarah Jane and Laura.

Clients include:
Residents at Chiswick Care, Arnold House, Kew House, The Burroughs, Foxes Den, Mountbatten, Kingsley, Gable Court, Moor House, Clara Court, plus some clients who receive one-to-one art sessions with CM Artists.

Competition Winning Artist for Learning Disability Week 2017


*Competition winner, Dele, being presented with his T-shirt printed with his artwork*

A talented resident from an East London residential home for adults with learning disabilities, won a local competition to create a spectacular piece of art to promote a Learning Disability Week Celebration Event in the London borough of Newham. The winning artist, Dele, created an abstract artwork in pastel, that was printed on T-shirts and presented to him at the launch party of the event at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 29 June 2017.

Community Artist, Elaine Harper-Gay, who delivers art sessions at the small residential home where the young artist is a resident, spoke of how proud she was of his achievement and was thrilled to see him on stage to receive a T-shirt with his very own artwork printed on it. The compères of the stage show also wore the artwork on their T-shirts.

An exhibition of artwork in celebration of Learning Disability Week was on display at Stratford Circus from 16 June – 13 July 2017, where a total of four residents from the residential home also had their work included.

Elaine Harper-Gay has been delivering art sessions to the residential home for 18 months and seen the residents grow and develop throughout this period. The residents have found the art sessions incredibly beneficial and enjoy the variety of ways they are able to express themselves. Congratulations to Dele for winning the competition and the residents who exhibited their work. We’re looking forward to seeing what the residents create next in future art sessions.

learning disability week

learning disability week

learning disability week

Exhibition of artwork from the Learning Disabled community at Stratford Circus

Photography credit: Andrew Baker

Care Roadshow London & Care England Conference


We had a brilliant time exhibiting at the Care Roadshow London and Care England Conference but before we delve into our experiences at those events we just want to briefly reminisce on all of the events of this year.

2016 has been a great year for us regarding events; starting with James’ attendance at the ‘National Arts & Health Conference’ organised by Aesop on February 5th, which was a real eye opener for us in how diverse the arts and health space was. However most of the events we’ve attended this year we’ve also participated such as the ‘Celebrating the Arts in Care Homes Conference’ on May 24th organised by Care England, where James delivered a presentation on Creative Minds in front of around 200 care workers, care managers and Directors.

celebrating the arts in care homes conference


Then we were invited by Richmond Council to participate in the Full of Life Fair 2016, which attracts nearly 1500 over 55’s ever year. We were blown away by both the popularity of the event and its fantastic organisation by the Richmond Borough Council. Plenty of volunteers were on hand to guide, advise and support people during the event.


full of life fair pic


On November 15th and 16th we attended and exhibited at the Care Roadshow London held at Epsom Downs Racecourse and the Care England Conference held at Church House in Westminster.

The Care Roadshow London event was attended by James, Sarah and Hanna who had a great day speaking to care providers, home care providers, local authorities and other organisations about our wonderful service. The stand was so busy at times they had people waiting to speak to them to find out more about Creative Minds. A fantastic experience and as a result we’ve already booked our space at the Care Roadshow Birmingham in July 2017!


care roadshow

care roadshow

care roadshow

care roadshow


Held at the Church House in Westminster the Care England Conference is thee must attend event for Directors and key decision makers of care providers and learning disability services in the care sector. James and Sarah attended and exhibited at the event and they very quickly had people approaching the stand to see what Creative Minds was all about. Another fantastic event for us and we’ll definitely be attending next year!


care england conference


We hope to attend even more Arts & Health and Care Sector related events in 2017,  we’ll keep you posted! ?