CoolTan Arts is an award winning arts in mental health charity run by and for adults with experience of mental health conditions. They believe that mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity.
There’s something for everyone at CoolTan. They run a vibrant community arts centre in Walworth Road, Southwark, South London. CoolTan Arts provide a friendly, safe and supportive space, offering creative workshops, self-advocacy, art projects, stigma-busting cultural walks, a public art gallery, and an inclusive volunteering and training programme. They provide creative outlets for self-expression through art workshops, and give adults training, support and volunteering opportunities to help build professional and personal skills. They aim to help people reintegrate into life again with their friends, family and pursue education and employment.
In the last year CoolTan Arts worked face-to-face with more than 2000 people from across London, enabling them to stay well and improve self-esteem.
CoolTan Arts Today
CoolTan Arts run a vibrant arts centre with an independent gallery in Southwark’s lively Walworth Road, with a varied programme of creative workshops: visual arts, pod casting, web design, batik, digital arts, video, poetry, sculpture and performing arts. Other activities include public exhibitions, monthly Largactyl Shuffle walks and self-advocacy sessions with guest speakers from a variety of fields. CoolTan’s gallery and performance space offers other local community projects somewhere to exhibit and our volunteering programmes offer meaningful engagement and the opportunity to learn useful skills.
CoolTan participants and volunteers are central to the organisation and all do a fantastic job in helping staff to run the office and their activities. Volunteers can get involved in many different ways: administration, marketing and media, ICT, finance, photographers, film makers, graphic designers, workshop assistants, trustees, mentors, walk leaders for the guided cultural arts walk, the Largactyl Shuffle.
CoolTan Arts exists to inspire positive mental health and wellbeing through the arts for a diverse range of people experiencing mental health conditions, empowering individuals to aspire to achieving their full potential and to become part of the wider community. They aim to teach people sustainable ways of recovering and managing their mental health conditions, to get back on their feet and pursue further education, training or employment.