Announcements following our AGM (November 2021)

Appointment of Christina Rowland-Jones as Honorary Ambassador

Following our AGM on 3rd November, we are delighted to announce that Christina Rowland-Jones (a former trustee) and founding member of Arts and Minds was elected as Honorary Ambassador of Arts and Minds - a charity which grew out of a a Millennium Arts Project Christina created with Fulbourn Hospital. This appointment is in recognition of Christina's creativity and unstinting service to Arts and Minds and to mental health charitable support across Cambridgeshire.

Board of Trustees updates

The AGM also saw Richard Taylor, another founding member of Arts and Minds stepping down as trustee. Arts and Minds would like to record its gratitude to Richard for his service to the charity, as a former Chair, trustee and volunteer over many years. We are delighted that Richard will be continuing as a volunteer, with his wife Kath, with the Michaelhouse Singers.

Helen McCallum, our Chair since 2014, also indicated her intention to stand down as her time in office had come to an end. We will be initiating a recruitment process shortly. Arts and Minds would also like to thank Helen for her longstanding commitment to, vision for and leadership of the charity over the past 7 years. Helen will remain in post until a replacement has been recruited and a suitable handover period has taken place.

Launching our NEW strategic plan (2021-2024)

We're excited to be launching our new strategic plan, which has been developed in consultation with a range of local stakeholders (including our participants, staff, trustees, volunteers and other local partners).

Our strategic plan will be used to guide our development over the coming three years.

To download your copy, please click on Arts and Minds Strategic Plan.

If you would prefer us to send you a printed copy, please email and ensure you provide your full postal address.

Notice of the Arts and Minds Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Wednesday 3rd November 2021 - 5:30-6:00 pm

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

Note: the AGM will be followed by an insight into our plans for the future and an opportunity to sample some of the creative activities we offer.


1   Welcome and apologies

2   Chair’s update

3   Trustees Annual Report

4   Financial Report

5   Strategic Plan 2021-2024

6   Board of Trustees

7   AOB

AGM agenda and papers will be emailed to attendees in advance of the meeting (with a number of printed copies available on the night).

Booking is required and please note Covid 19 entry requirements are in place at Cambridge Junction – Arts and Minds evening of creativity and a look to the future

NOTE: If you are attending the AGM only, you will still be required to adhere to the Junction's Covid 19 entry requirements, which can be found on their website: covid policy.

AKA: A New Type of Gallery that gives 10% from each sale to Arts and Minds

Charlotte Cornish - Lotus IV

We are delighted to be working with AKA Fine Art (a new online and event holding gallery) which launched this month with the clear aim of being a top contemporary art gallery whilst raising money for charity at the same time.

AKA Fine Arts i s the idea of Ali Porter of Conserve Paintings and Kevin Youngman of Wildwood Gallery who between them have over 40 years experience in the art world through gallery ownership, picture conservation and framing.

“Our vision for the business is to promote the most exciting artists building a team of talented individuals. We’re using traditional means of promotion: exhibitions, and art fairs and artists' talks" commented Ali, "whilst attracting the next generation of artists and art lovers by building a strong online presence."

“Mental health has always been an important issue and lockdown has only increased the strain on people's lives” said Kevin. “AKA is our opportunity to help, that’s why we are giving 10% percent of each sale to Arts and Minds. We’re very pleased to be working with Emily and her team for this crucial issue”.

AKA are excited to be chatting to Alex Elbro on Cambridge 105 with Emily (broadcast 12.30pm, 5 March 2021).

AKA will exhibit at:

  • Art Fair East in Norwich, June
  • the Clore Learning Studio, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge in October (fundraising event independent from Kettle's Yard's public programme)
  • a further pop up event yet to be disclosed is also being planned

Artists include: Charlotte Cornish, Corinna Button, Mr Penfold, Lillias August RI, Lydia Corbett, Kevin Southgate, Sigurdur Olafsson, Debora Gardner, Louise Chapman, Matt Phelps, Isabel Coulton, Eileen Hogan, Lord John Bird, Michael Ward and the Estate of Peter Denmark.

For further details please visit:

Creative Connections - encouraging creativity during Covid 19

We are working to keep all our participants, alumni and the wider community engaged, connected and creative during these challenging times.

Whilst our office is closed and our face-to-face activities are temporarily suspended, our small team of staff and freelancers are developing a range of creative activities which will be accessible online and / or by post. We hope to ensure that we are maintaining contact with everyone as usual, albeit in a different way!

Creative Connections programmes include:

Virtual Creative Cafe: series 2 – an eight week programme of online creative activities – visit the Arts and Minds Eventbrite page to find out more.

Virtual Arts on Prescription – to engage people registered to start our referral programme this spring through virtual workshops (running June-August)

Creative Care – a project through Fullscope in partnership with Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination delivering invitations to create to primary, secondary & post-education groups. Visit our Creative care page to download activities FREE!

Time Together – supporting the wellbeing of our team

Thank you to the generosity of individuals who have donated to our Creative Connections Fundraising Campaign so far!

Stay safe – Stay connected – Stay creative

from the Arts & Minds Team
updated July 2020

Virtual Creative Cafe: series 2 – starting 29 July 2020

We're delighted to launch Series 2 of our Virtual Creative Cafe programme which includes a range of weekly online creative sessions running throughout August & September.

Visit the Arts and Minds Eventbrite page for further details and to register for FREE for any of the sessions!

NEW Virtual Creative Cafe – 29 May 2020

We're delighted to launch our NEW Virtual Creative Cafe programme – including a range of weekly online creative sessions running throughout June and July. Visit the Arts and Minds Eventbrite page for further details and to register for FREE for any of the sessions!

Pottery 4 Dementia returns! – 15 May 2020

The latest clip from weeks two and three.

Creative Café Launch @ Cambridge Junction
10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Tuesday, 28th January 2020

We’re delighted to be launching our NEW monthly, informal, friendly drop-in cafe in the foyer at Cambridge Junction.

Taking place the LAST TUESDAY of the month, Creative Café is open to everyone, but particularly welcomes people who may be experiencing anxiety, depression or loneliness to come along and feel more connected with their community.

Look out for people wearing ‘happy to chat’ badges if you’re feeling a little nervous!

Arts and Minds x Dr Martens Fundraiser – Thursday 5th December 12 – 9 pm


Dr Martens are running a creative gig & raising funds for Arts & Minds. DJs will be spinning in the afternoon, followed by two live gigs from BleedEasy and Genesis Elijah. Make your own DMs screen printed tote bag, take advantage of our fully stocked bar and sign up for the chance to win a free pair of DMs. First come, first served. So get down early.

Any DMs purchased on the day will send a £10 donation straight to Arts & Minds PLUS donations from tote bags will also be donated! Steak & Honour will also be parked up outside the store from 6-9pm & they’re going to donate a percentage of the takings to Arts & Minds too!

Join the Facebook Event.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact us for more information on any of our projects.

Arts and Minds, Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX


telephone: 01223-403485

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