29th June 2018

We are ecstatic to see the Bromfield Murals up in the playground – Mears did a fantastic job of installing them! You can check them out in their entirety here.

9th June 2018

We are pleased just to have been nominated for the Artskickers Awards 2018 – best of luck to those who are shortlisted!

30th May 2018

We’ve had so much fun collaborating with GreatArt to run “May Makes” in their Shoreditch store. Wednesdays throughout May we ran after school workshops for the local community from Pushpin Puppets to 3D Paper Canvases, Illuminated Clay Letter Tiles to Washi Tape & Watercolour & a Flatpack Zoo!


15th May 2018

We celebrated our 5th Birthday at our class at VGCC on the 15th May – since we started till now we have delivered 75 projects and we look forward to making even more creativity accessible to the public! We had a fab party at VGCC and we are already looking forward to next year’s party!

9th April 2018

We were chosen as one of the three projects to pitch at the latest Filanthropy* event, Filanthropy* in Bloom – a fundraising party for good causes – much like Dragon’s Den the projects pitch and the audience can chose who they donate to! We are pleased to say we raised nearly £600 which is amazing and a substantial part of our art budget for Cool it Art Kids at VGCC for 2018/19 programme. A massive congratulations to Bluebird Pictures and School Ground Sounds for also being selected to pitch!

4th March 2018

We were asked to support Trapped in Zone One at GreatArt Shoreditch store with a Family Workshop as part of the “Unremembered Wreath Challenge” – we had a great time engaging families in the often unknown history of the of the Commonwealth Labour Corps in World War I. You can see pictures of the workshop here.

16th February 2018

We held our first exhibition for our Young at ‘Art programme; which takes place at the Carmelita Centre in Vauxhall on Thursdays. Our Young at ‘Art classes are for adults potentially at risk of isolation and loneliness as it is a safe space for adults to come and share time with like-minded people; often making new friendships! We also support adults with special and complex needs to take part in the sessions ensuring the sessions are inclusive for all adults. After coming second in Resident Project of the Year for Lambeth in September 2017 we thought it was a great opportunity to showcase the work. You can see pictures of the private view and artworks here & here – as well a short film about the programme here.

5th December 2017

Cool it Art has launched it’s first annual Christmas Card competition for the children we work with to design – 100% of the profit will go back to supporting free art classes at VGCC – we can’t wait to see the winning designs and see them printed for Christmas 2018!

30th September 2017

Cool it Art and VGERTA’s project providing free Art classes for Adults “Young at Art” was shortlisted alongside 5 other projects by Lambeth Council for Resident Project of the Year. During the Resident Assembly on the 30th September held at Lambeth College, South Side. Projects were invited to present their project to the audience so that Lambeth Tenants and Residents could vote for their favourite project.

The projects shortlisted were fantastic; from community gardens to business hubs, social games evenings to art projects, it was great to hear about the inspiring work being done across the borough by TRAs and organisations working together to enhance their estates through projects.

1st place was awarded to Roupell Park for their volunteer led Social Games evening to get neighbours talking to one another and feel less isolated – their win was very well deserved! Young at ‘Art was awarded second place which Cool it Art and VGERTA were thrilled about! 3rd place was awarded to a community garden project on Caldwell Gardens Estate.

Young at ‘Art was very well received by the audience for it’s inclusiveness of all ages and the fact it is a mixed ability group; welcoming adults with complex needs to take part without feeling judged. We hope Young at ‘Art will continue to go from strength to strength – and that more members of the community come and join in the creativity.

23rd July 2017

We are excited to announce that our Vauxhall Art Classes for Kids at VGCC have been funded for another year (September 2017 – July 2018) by Lambeth Council, The Arts Society & Battersea Power Station Foundation plus the £500 donation from Tesco Kennington Lane make another years programme possible!

20th May 2017

We had a fantastic time working again with Work & Play Scrapstore for the Wandsworth Fringe, this year was even bigger and better as WPS launched “Hazelfest”, we ran “Selfie Society” you can see what we got up to here.

This is the final piece of work we created from the event

11th December 2016

We partnered with Tannery Studios and Artist Nadina Talalla to support the Expressionist Show by providing a pop up workshop alongside the exhibition to engage the community in colour and emotions to compliment the work created by Nadine and Eleanor. You can see images from the workshop here.

22nd October 2016

Amicus Horizon commissioned us to create a short film for their Black History Month event in Croydon. With the kids we work with on Lansdowne Green Estate in Stockwell, we created “Who am I?” a celebration of our heritage and our similarities regardless of culture. You can watch it below


8th October 2016

Tesco Kennington Lane very kindly donated £500 to Cool it Art’s Activities and provided free fruit for both our Stockwell and Vauxhall classes for 14 weeks on top of their generous donation! To celebrate we held a pop up workshop in store about “Me, Myself and I” a celebration of our Heritage, Culture and who we are!

Here is what Tesco had to say about the event:

Customers visiting the Tesco store in Kennington were treated to a special art workshop this weekend, in association with local Community Arts Group, Cool it Art.

The event was part of Tesco’s ongoing support for the organisation which provides free artistic opportunities for children. Weekly classes are currently taking place in Lambeth focusing on creating art projects using household junk.

Tesco store Manager, Kerry Harrison presented the Cool It Art owner Amanda Callis with a donation of £500 to go towards the cost of the classes.

The store on Kennington Lane are also providing the group with free fruit each week, to enable children to enjoy a healthy snack when attending the classes.

Project leader, Amanda Callis said; “I would like to thank Tesco for their on- going support for the project which enables local children to enjoy free art classes.

“The art workshop in-store today has also helped to spread the word about the classes in the area whilst enabling children to have a taster session.”

20th August 2016

Working with VGERTA and Lambeth Council on their community day in Bromfield Playground we informally launched the Bromfield Mural project; the designs were well received and we had around 40 residents take part to transform one of the 7 panels, the project is launching officially at the Carmelita Centre on the 8th September, 4-6pm for 14 weeks so do come and take part!


14th August 2016

So our Kickstarter sessions have ended – thanks again to everyone who supported us during it; and continued to support us! We made an update video to let you know what we have been up to over the last 12 months! You can watch it here.

6th August 2016

As part of Amicus Horizon’s International Day Celebrations on the Lansdowne Green Estate we held a pop up Art School about things that make us happy in Summer and created them with drawing and collage; it was a great event with Brazilian Carnival Dancers, Bollywood Dancing, and other dancers from different cultures as well as loads of stalls to keep everyone entertained.


30th July 2016

Working with Merton Volunteer Services Council we took part in a multicultural day at St. Marks Church there was a mix of Caribbean and Indian flavours through food and dance – to add to the mix we ran a Brazilian carnival headdress workshop to get into a summer party mood!


16th July 2016

Working with Merton Volunteer Services Council we took part in a community day on the Watermeads Estate – the first one that’s been held! We had so much fun there were smoothie bikes, a steel band, african drumming, boot camp and much much more! We held a pop up Art school where residents could create a happiness board, selfie or create a label for our gratitude tree!13731717_732779693528902_8130615525989375702_n

15th July 2016

This year we helped to facilitate the RSA‘s Civic Day – every year staff from the RSA help different organisations by doing a variety of jobs as part of their community outreach; this year they chose Cool it Art and we chose to benefit Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre for all that they do for us in terms of supporting our classes. 50 RSA staff came to take part in murals, DIY and writing projects about the VGCC’s and Pleasure Gardens illustrious history; you can read more about it on the VGCC’s website here.

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30th June 2016

We launched a new taster project; “Young at ‘Art” running every Thursday of June at Bland & Burchell on the Vauxhall Gardens Estate in partnership with VGERTA. This was to introduce older members of the community to Art with the idea of running a longer project at the Carmelita Centre. This was a 5 session taster in which we covered a new topic every week – we really enjoyed it as did those who took part some fantastic work was created!


29th June 2016

Amanda took part in the 30 Day Drawing Challenge and was asked to write a blog about her experience for the Big Draw you can read it here.


21st May 2016

We were so excited to take part in the Wandsworth fringe in partnership with Work and Play Scrapstore supported by Smallwood School and Be Enriched, we came up with an event to create a large scale, recyclable, aerial mural about seasonal food; from the farm to the table. The whole thought behind it was food sustainability and food waste which is why we also created our favourite leftover recipes to be put together in an online book – watch this space! You can hear interviews about the event here and read WPS’s blog about the event here.


16th May 2016

We screened a short animation “I <3 Art” created from two workshops worth of work about why we love Art!      The workshops were run on the Lansdowne Green Estate, in collaboration with The FlipGarden and funded by Amicus Horizon. The screening was enjoyed by the children and parents alike – and no screening is complete without popcorn! You can check out the short below.

10th May 2016

Today we celebrated our 3rd Birthday so we had a party to celebrate; all the different projects we work with came together to celebrate at the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre! Over 80 people came and we had fun, food and made some fabulous party hats! Here’s to another year!


5th April 2016

Back in November we ran a competition during one of our classes in collaboration with Mace we had a prize-giving back in November which you can see here. The artworks have been reproduced and are on the hoardings of the Vauxhall Sky Gardens – you can see them there for the next year!

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10th March 2016

So the It’s Our World Charity Art Auction finally came around after months of hard work from all involved! We were so excited to have been able to contribute to helping the event come together with the rest of the Management Committee and being given the opportunity to recreate images from the online gallery made by the children and young adults that took part on amazing paper lanterns, donated by iPower Cordless Lighting, to adorn the entrance to the auction. The auction went really well and managed to raise over £100,000 for the Big Draw & Jupiter Artland




27th February 2016

Cool it Art kids were filmed today as part of a promo film for the It’s Our World Charity Art Auction at Christie’s. 10 projects who were awarded funding for green projects through Captain Planet Foundation as a continuing legacy of It’s Our World were filmed by Studio Lanta to showcase the exciting work due to start across the country! We had so much fun filming on Vauxhall City Farm to promote the upcoming Bug Hotel project they will be running from this funding.

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19th February 2016

Following up from the Big Draw event we held at Vauxhall City Farm in October half term we held a prize giving we had 3 overall winner for 3-5 year olds, 6-8 year olds and 9-12 years old plus 4 runners up in each age group. A massive congratulations to the winners and runners up – the work looked fantastic!

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  James’ drawing – 1st prize winner for 3-5 year olds

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  Liberty’s drawing – 1st prize winner for 6-8 year olds

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 Maria’s drawing – 1st prize winner for 9-12 year olds

17th December

We held a screening for the “Transition Animation” project run in collaboration with The FlipGarden, funded by Cicely Northcote Trust and supported by VGCC and GreatArt. Over 40 people attended to see the animation created by 9 Lambeth living or schooled children about the transition from primary to secondary school you can see the film in it’s entirety on youtube here.


31st October

We have had so much fun over the past 5 days running a Big Draw event at Vauxhall City Farm. The event was a combination between Art and Storytelling: Storytellers; Bronia Evers from One Moment in Time Theatre & Sonia Hinda-Lea Caller of Stories from the Magic Tree narrated stories whilst Amanda Callis from Cool it Art illustrated them in real time. Children created stories assisted by the Storytellers which the children then illustrated collaboratively. Volunteers from City & Guilds of London Art School and The Challenge illustrated the events of the day on a large scale mural in the foyer and children had the opportunity to take part in a competition which GreatArt and Walker Books generously provided prizes for. Over 417 children plus their families took part over the 5 days – we enjoyed every moment!

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3rd October 2015

Over the Summer we worked on a mural at the South Mitcham Community Centre with a group of 6-10 year olds to create an 8 x 3 metre long mural inspired by this year’s Big Draw theme “Every Drawing tells a Story”. Using this as a base we partnered with Walker Books, GreatArt and Amicus Horizon to create a mural based on children’s favourite stories of old and new. The launch of the finished mural including the centre’s refurbished second floor including dance studio took place on the 2nd October at 6pm with members of the local community coming to celebrate the children’s work and the centre – we had such a fun time! A massive thank you to Amicus Horizon for funding it, GreatArt for match funding our art materials and Walker Books for not just providing reference books – which we then donated to the nursery house in the centre; but books for each of the children who took part to take home!


1st August 2015

So we successfully reached our goal with the kickstarter! Reaching 113% of our goal which will enable us to fund another year of art classes. Because we hit 100% with a few days to go we set some additional goals such as paying for 3 parents to get a qualification in Education and Training and putting on a 5 day event at Vauxhall City Farm for the Big Draw in the October half term. Our former funders Lambeth Living now Lambeth Council kindly offered to cover the cost of the parents on our behalf meaning we had about half of our target for the 5 day event! You can read all about it on the kickstarter page here.  We also have a youtube channel with videos about the progress which you can watch here. Thank you all for your support – mainly so we can continue to work with kids like these!


16th July 2015

Founder Amanda Callis has written blog about “Inspiring kids through Art” for the RSA as part of promotion for the kickstarter and sharing what inspired her to start Cool it Art – you can read it here

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1st July 2015

We have just launched a kickstarter to raise the money to run our weekly art classes at the VGCC for another year! You can check it out, pledge and share it here


13th May 2015

We celebrated our 2nd Birthday Party on Tuesday 12th May at the VGCC with the kids from our Vauxhall & Stockwell classes – you can see photos of party in action here


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4th February 2015

We are pleased to announce that we were awarded funding by The Cicely Northcote Trust to run an animation project working with primary school children in year 6 from their last few months in primary school – over the summer holidays and covering their first few months in secondary school; looking at the “Transition” between the two.

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20th November 2014

Cool it Art is pleased to announce that we will be working with Amicus Horizon residents on the Lansdowne Green Estate to provide weekly after school after classes from January 2015 till the end of the academic year in July 2015

3rd October 2014

Cool it Art was funded by Well London to run an Art Academy over the summer – a 5 day intensive Art Course which culminated in a Private View on the 2nd of October – you can see the works here. All the works created over the 5 days are going to be photographed and put up in a semi permanent display in the downstairs hallway so please do come and have a look!


29th August 2014

Cool it Art worked with Amicus Horizon residents on the Phipps Bridge Estate to create a mural to adorn the wall of the South Mitcham Community Assocation’s Centre. Over 4 sessions from conception to design to painting on the wall the children did an amazing job which you can see below!

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27th June 2014

Cool it Art ran a workshop at City & Guilds of London Art School to run an Art day for the prize winners of the Vauxhall Bus Station Competition which was run by the Vauxhall Civic Society. The children had a tour around the Degree Show, an introduction to Printmaking followed by a painting workshop by Cool it Art as well as prizes from Winsor&Newton and GreatArt. You can see all the winners work here. Below are some of the winners with Laura Clarke – who teaches Etching and other Printmaking techniques at City & Guilds.


7th June 2014

Cool it Art helped with the launch of It’s Our World on the 5th June by facilitating a pop-up art school in the middle of Waterloo Train Station with interns from City & Guilds of London Art School and students from Oasis Academy taking part to create a collaborative painting of the skyline over the Thames from Waterloo along the Southbank.

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16th May 2014

Cool it Art turned one year old on the 10th of May so to celebrate this we held a party during class on the 13th of May. The party was an opportunity not just to celebrate but to give thanks to everyone who has supported us over the year – from the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre to allowing us to hold classes there, Well London for funding our first project, Amicus Horizon for funding us to do a summer school in Stockwell last year, Lambeth Living for part funding our 10 month programme at the VGCC, GreatArt for supporting us in a whole range of our projects providing match funding, City & Guilds of London Art School for providing us with interns to name but a few of our supporters. Thank you again to everyone – you have made this year a pleasure! You can see photos of the party in action here


7th May 2014

Cool it Art is pleased to be working with City & Guilds of London Art School to provide an art workshop at the art school for the winners of the Vauxhall Bus Station Drawing competition put on by the Vauxhall Civic Society


15th December 2013

All the kids who attend our classes at the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre helped create some fantastically festive Christmas decorations to decorate the hall for the Over 60’s Christmas party the VGCC hosted on the 13th December. As so many local businesses kindly donated prizes for raffle or food for the party we felt this was the best contribution we could make be using the children’s awesome artworks!


12th November 2013

Cool it Art is pleased announce our involvement in the Lord Mayors’ Show 2013 which was held on November 9th this year. Cool it Art worked with the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers to create a float for the Lord Mayor Fiona Woolf’s theme of Green Energies. We came up with the theme of “Green Taxes make the world go round”, the WCoTA participants forming the “Green Team” complete with their green fairtrade hoodies, recycled placards and the large sculpture adorning the float created from recycled carrier bags to form an Owl (WCoTA’s logo) perching on top of the world. Whilst creating such a large sculpture was not the easiest project we have ever taken on it was immensely enjoyable, there are some photos below you can click on to enlarge and more photos can be found on photographer Phil Mcarthy’s Website.

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17th October 2013

We are pleased to announce that we have been funded by Lambeth Living to provide art classes at the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre from this November till August next year!

22nd July 2013

Cool it Art will be working in collaboration with AmicusHorizon Ltd to provide 4 art sessions for their residents in Stockwell as a taster of a potentially larger project.

24th June 2013

Cool it Art has just been awarded funding at the beginning of June to run a series of after school art classes in the Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre. The funding was awarded by vote from local residents of the Vauxhall Gardens Estate in collaboration with Well London, Lambeth Council and the Big Lottery.