I do think one of the most effective ways of raising money for, and awareness of, chronic illness is through collaboration with art and artists.
Art, I feel, like humour, provides such a unique crossover medium of potential connection between the well and unwell, the able-bodied and disabled-bodies, even, or maybe especially, for the ‘invisible’ conditions that often, otherwise, generate puzzlement, even disbelief, rather than empathy, no matter how disabling they may be.
Illnesses of mental health tend to fall into the ‘invisible’ category, being consequently poorly understood, diagnosed and financed so I was really pleased to read about this initiative, below, from Culture Label, the online art gallery, in collaboration with the mental health charity, Mind, and artist, David Shillinglaw.
Extracted from the Culture Label website, on the Only Human T-shirt page:
We’ve partnered with Mind, the mental health charity, to produce a brand new line of high quality T-shirts featuring bespoke designs from London artist David Shillinglaw.
We want to shine a light on mental health and are excited to announce the third design in the T-shirt Line with a difference featuring never-before-seen designs by acclaimed street artist David Shillinglaw in aid of mental health charity Mind. This is ‘Only Human’.
A new design is being launched every month over the course of this year.
It’s Okay to not be Okay is a line with a difference – aimed at removing stigma and opening up conversations. Working in association with Mind, these unique designs will raise money and awareness for the one in four people who live with a mental health problem.
David Shillinglaw is an internationally respected and acclaimed artist, who uses his art to map his own complex thought processes. His art reveals insight into his mental processes and his drive to make sense of them. David wants to inspire others with his work and use it as a means to initiate discussion about important, but often avoided, topics.
“The work for this series is inspired by the struggle to find balance and the quest for happiness. This is an issue I feel affects all of us every day as we attempt to create a peaceful and organised mind. It seems natural at this point to apply aspects of my practice to illustrating and raising awareness of both problems and solutions associated with mental health awareness. Art has the power to create a space to ask questions without necessarily demanding answers. I am excited at the prospect of my artwork being associated with Mind and the work they are doing to support people with mental health problems”
David Shillinglaw, Artist
Art; humour; growth of mind; charitable giving. Love it 🖤
There are limited edition prints, t-shirts etc. available and something new every month for a year.
Do click across, take a look and buy. I did.