CoolTan Arts, a charity run by and for adults with mental distress, believe mental well-being is enhanced by the power of creativity. Operating a varied programme of creative workshops from their vibrant arts centre in Walworth Road, these include visual arts, batik, digital arts, video, poetry, and performing arts.

Other activities include exhibitions, public art projects and websites which help break down the stigma of mental distress. CoolTan’s gallery/performance space offers other local community projects a place to exhibit and our volunteering programmes offer meaningful engagement and the opportunity to learn useful skills.

We aim to promote positive mental health/well being, bringing about a change in how participants perceive themselves, enabling people to gain greater focus and to re-establish their relationship with society. We aim to offer life long learning and enable people to achieve qualification and accreditation status in the coming year. We achieve this through quality arts education with professional outcomes such as public exhibitions, and social enterprise principles.