CoolTan Arts

CoolTan Arts

Age Range:

Adults (18+)

The Service:

CoolTan Arts is an award winning arts in mental health charity for adults with mental health conditions. We believe that mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity.

There’s something for everyone at CoolTan. We run a vibrant community arts centre on Walworth Road, Southwark, South London. We provide a friendly, safe and supportive space, offering creative workshops, self-advocacy, art projects, cultural walks, a public art gallery, and an inclusive volunteering and training programme. We provide creative outlets for self-expression through art workshops, and give adults training, support and volunteering opportunities to help build professional and personal skills. We aim to help everyone look after their wellbeing in a creative, positive way.

Who is the service for?

For all adults (18+). Our workshops are open to all those with lived experience of mental ill health (self-defined or referred from a health care provider). Our volunteering programme is open to anyone, but particularly welcomes those with disability or mental ill health.

Criteria for access to service

For most workshops there is a charge, which depends on whether you have a Personal Budget.

Accessibility of this service

CoolTan Arts is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately we don’t currently have accessible toilets, but we have an agreement with the organisation next door that we can use theirs.

How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from GPs, Occupational Therapists, Community Mental Health Teams and Support Workers. We also accept self-referrals.

For a registration/referral form or to make an appointment, please contact We also hold monthly Open Afternoons for anyone interested in finding out more about our services – see the website for more information:

Do you need to pay for this service?

CoolTan Arts is funded by a wide range of supporters, including the Big Lottery, Southwark Council, Open Society Foundations and others.

For most workshops there is a charge, which depends on whether you have a Personal Budget. Some workshops are free, including Self Advocacy.

Please contact us for more information on / 0207 701 2696.

Confidentiality and Impartiality

All of our services are carried out with strict confidentiality policies where necessary. We are an inclusive organisation.

Useful to know

Monday is an office-only day (there are no services for participants running) but staff can still be contacted during this time.

Contact us

0207 701 2696
155 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1RS
Twitter: @cooltan4

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday (9.30am -5pm)

Training provided:

We provide training for participants in all our volunteer roles.

Drop in service

We do not provide a drop-in service.