What: Art Installation Opening and Memorial for Rowan Morrall
When: Friday 20th July 2018, 1pm
Where: Recovery College, Wellbeing Centre, 3 Woburn Road, Bedford MK40 1EG
In July 2017, Mental Spaghetti, in partnership with MIND, ran a series of workshops aimed at young marginalised artists to create a collaborative outdoor art installation in memory of Rowan Morrall.
Rowan was a talented young artist who lived in Bedford. He suffered from mental health distress from his adolescence onwards, and ended his life at the age of 26.
Throughout this short time, Rowan created some beautiful works of art, which he aspired to build a life around as an artist. His parents wanted to provide an opportunity for some young people like Rowan, to develop their art and show others the talent they have.
On 20 July 2018, Rowan’s family and friends will hold a memorial service at the Bedford Wellbeing Centre to officially open ‘Rowan’s cosmos’. Rowan’s Cosmos is an outdoor art installation symbolising Rowan’s love of learning and travel, despite becoming more reclusive as his mental health suffered. The artwork created represents planets, stars, celestial terrains and imaginary worlds.
The official opening will be held on what would have been Rowan’s 28th birthday, and will additionally be attended by local MP Mohammad Yasin and councillor Louise King.
We welcome all to see the installation, so please join us at in the garden at the Recovery College to take some time to remember Rowan, and appreciate all the work that the young people of Mind and YMCA Foyer have put in to creating Rowan’s Cosmos.
A mental health related arts project! In Bedford! Where I’m from! Ticking all the boxes here, press release below, read on folks…
Is Bedford the unhappiest place in Great Britain? The national press may think so, but Bedford Creative Arts think differently.
Bedford Happy is a project commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts. Kent artist Dan Thompson will be looking at the town, and working with local groups to find out where people are happiest – and what it is that gives them a happy buzz. A day-long artwork event will be produced celebrating Bedford’s happiness on Saturday 29th March. There will be a trail of interventions to make people a little bit happier, some special markers of happy memories and a celebration of the shops and cafes that are making people happy. “Bedford is an interesting place, full of quirky stories and interesting places, Bedford Happy is a great opportunity to explore what makes such an interesting town tick,” says Dan.
Dawn Giles, Chief Executive of BCA commented, “We’re delighted to have commissioned ‘placeshaker’ Dan to create art with the people of Bedford. We’ll be creating something special; a day of happiness, a game played across the town centre’s underused spaces that will celebrate the people of our town’s hidden talents and interests.”
Artist/activist Dan Thompson has won an accolade of awards most commonly known for instigating the cleanup of the 2011 Brixton riots. Visit Dan’s website http://www.mrdanthompson.wordpress.com/ to find out more information.
Follow #bedfordhappy on Twitter, Like the Bedford Happy Facebook page or visit Bedford Creative Arts website at http://www.bedfordcreativearts.org.uk
Final Event Day 29th March 2014, Bedford Town Centre
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