Chilli Studios began in 2004 with the aim of providing creative based services for people with mental health problems; promoting social cohesion, encourage interaction and build resilience.
Our members are an amazing group of individuals; funny, talented, intelligent, yet due to the negative connotations of mental illness they often feel socially excluded.
The studio is very much member led, hosting regular members meetings to determine the direction they want the service to take. It was from those meetings that Chilli Bizarre was developed.
Chilli Bizarre is an Arts Cafe promoting mental health awareness. It endeavours to create a sustainable funding source for our charity; showcases & sells our members Artwork to the general public. We also hold a range of events from supper clubs to open mic nights. As the member were an integral part of setting up the venture, they were able to claim ownership making them feel relaxed and confident enough to engage with the customers.
Following a unique relationship developed with Newcastle University's Business school, a business study was conducted in July 2016 which has given us a clearer vision on how to commercially develop the enterprise; encouraging a change of focus to Coffee shop with art.
We collaborated with Newcastle University's School of Architecture to host a competition for their final year students to design and build Chilli Bizarre. The successful applicants have been working tiredlessly to develop a vibrant, enigmatic space that will become the place to visit and a regular meet up spot for the local comminity to enjoy a mug of coffee, engage with our events programme and purchase outsider art.
We want to break down the stigma associated with mental health and encourage cohesion between the public and our members but we need your help to make this happen. With the new makeover in place, Chilli Bizarre is looking fantastic, but what's a coffee shop with out good coffee? If we are to encourage people to come to the cafe, we need to be selling top quality drinks.
Your contribution will go towards buying a barista coffee machine to enable Chilli Bizarre to compete with other coffee shops in the area.
We are offering an amazing scope of rewards from gift cards for coffee and cake to exclusive use of Chilli Bizarre for you and your friends.
Your contribution, large or small will help our charity become sustainable and make our studio members dream a reality.