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.
My career has mainly consisted of working within the NHS, as a deputy manager of a GP surgery and then a role in the local Primary Care Trust commissioning and monitoring services for GP surgeries. I loved working where I saw I could make a difference to people’s lives, even if it’s just something as little as smiling and chatting to people, to see them leave happy. Every little effort you make, can make a difference to someone’s day, life. I then had my two boys close in age so became a full time mummy. It’s here where my passion for art was found again and I haven’t looked back since. I have been enjoying pencils, paints, pens, anything that can create a picture! Working from home on commissions, mainly pet portraits I felt something was missing. When I came across Creative Minds I instantly knew I had to be part of the community. To be able to create art, but also see it make a difference to others lives, well that is my perfect job. With a huge added bonus that I can work around my children’s timetable and still be mummy.
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!
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.