You may already be familiar with the excellent work that the charity Mind does, working in a variety of ways to support those who are experiencing mental ill health. I know first hand how vital this is as I worked for many years for a Cornish mental health charity. In recent times there has been a welcome increase in public awareness around mental wellbeing, and the last year has brought the importance of such care in greater focus for us all.
Cornwall Mind recently held an online art auction to raise vital funds for their work across our beautiful county. Donations of original artworks came from many artists and celebrities, all inspired by this year’s theme ‘What Comes to Mind When You Think of Cornwall?’
I was commissioned by Paul Reeve, the CEO of Cornwall Mind, to create an artwork especially for the 2021 auction. He wanted to represent the less publicised side of life here; behind the incredible scenery there is a huge issue of poverty. Our starting point for discussion was the use of Foodbanks in iconic Cornish locations. Paul and I developed his original concept into this picture, taking inspiration from the famous photograph of a young boy using a ration card for the first time, and adding a Cornish and contemporary twist. For those of you who are not familiar with the flag on the boy’s face mask, it is the Cornish flag, the flag of St.Piran.
This portrait was drawn using black carbon pencil and white pastel on Stonehenge kraft paper.
The auction was held in April 2021 and with over 100 artworks sold it was a resounding success, raising over £30,000 for this Cornish mental health charity. These funds are vital to help continue the excellent work that Mind does, so a massive thank you to everyone who participated and helped to make a difference to people’s lives through this event.
My artwork, titled Onen Hag Oll, sold for £175.00, I am delighted that it raised much needed funds and I hope that the new owner has many years of pleasure from it.
If you are not familiar with it, Onen Hag Oll may seem like a very curious title. It is in fact in the Cornish language, meaning One And All, and is Cornwall’s motto, so I felt it a very fitting title for this portrait.