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.
“Creative Minds exists to bring joy to the lives of vulnerable people, children and communities enriching their lives through art and creativity. We want to support and enable people of all ages and abilities to explore their creativity and enjoy creating art through our proven approach and methods delivered in our Art Sessions.”
“When I turned 50 I embarked on one of my greatest adventures; becoming an art student, a dream I had chased since I was 15 (35 years ago!). And now here I am living my dream as Creative Minds Artist, a joy and a privilege.”
“Anything arty is my friend especially if I can make a mess. I am passionate that others should have access and opportunity to discover art in all its guises and joyousness whether its pencil and paper; clay, pastel, felt or anything inbetween, alongside the motto “there is no such thing as a mistake in art.”
Has working as a Creative Minds Artist met your expectations?
“Yes! The clients and the art combined are perfect. I believe greatly in what we are doing and power of art and how it can make a huge difference to people’s lives.”
My career in marketing and communications spans over 14 years, and I now specialise in Social Media Management, primarily working with Arts Organisations. With a degree in Fine Art, I am passionate about the immense sense of wellbeing we gain from engaging in creative activity.
In 2017 I created a Coventry-based online platform “Curating Coventry”, which celebrates the city’s visual arts scene, supporting local artists, and encouraging the community to engage with visual arts activities.
I’m delighted to be working with Creative Minds, and love their whole ethos – empowering individuals through creativity and making art accessible to all.
A lifelong passion for art and design has driven my creative career. I graduated with a Graphic Design degree in 2000 and have been a professional designer ever since. After years of working in house and for design agencies, I now focus on crafting unique logos and branding solutions for small businesses.
I am all for promoting creativity and am delighted to work with an inspiring organisation such as Creative Minds.
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.