Way back in July 2010, we took over Bristol’s Start The Bus gallery, to throw our very first charity exhibition, raising money for local Bristol Youth Charity Knowle West Media Centre, raising enough money to fund their entire summer program that gave local kids a 2 week program to take part in a load of media and arts activities.
Now fast forward 4 years to July 2014 and AnyForty is so much bigger than we were back when we called the South West home, and we’ve got the itch to do something to help another worthwhile charity, this time one that’s close to our hearts and being based in London now, got a real opportunity to do something really special, pulling in a lot of people to view and support it and hopefully raising a lot more monies!
It’s no secret than a lot of creative people experience vast highs and lows, especially with modern day pressures to try and keep up with our peers/work colleages/mates, heck even random people you follow on social media.
We’d never heard of Calm (Campaign Against Living Miserably) before, was something brought to our attention last year when running our Boxpark pop-up shop, AnyForty Family 45RPM and RichT popped in, freezing cold on a unusually cold and windy March day, covered in paint and shivering and mentioned they were doing this Tom, Dick and Harry campaign for Calm on Old Street.
Spent the last year keeping a eye on what Calm have done and are doing and decided they would be a great charity to (at this moment, unofficially) raise money and awareness for. The subject of young male suicide is something that is close to home for us personally, good friend of ours and old work colleague back in Bath, Dave Williams passed away in April 2011 while we were based briefly in Manchester and it left a hole in our heart, something that’s still empty 3 years later. We’ve wanted to do something in his memory for a long time since, he supported AnyForty from the very start, and know he’d be proud of what we’ve achieved so far.
The scary thing is, out of the 25 artists we hand picked and invited to take part in this new exhibition, at least 1/3rd of them have said they have their own personal experiences of losing young male friends/family/colleagues to suicide.
The facts, and you can read them for yourselves here are Young Male Suicide claims more lives than illness like HIV/AIDS, transport accidents, knife crime and assault. And in 2011 when our friend Dave passed 76% of all suicides in England and Wales were young males. Truly terrible, but you know what men are like, talking about your feelings is seen as being weak, fuck that, we need to make people aware than talking to people like Calm about your problems is being strong.
So yeah, stay tuned for more info on this event coming up over the next few weeks, including full artist lineup breakdown, venue information, opening night launch party and lots more surprise stuff, you know how we do!
Let’s raise a shit load of money and awareness for Calm and get you some incredible exclusive artwork in exchange for supporting, life is precious, we can’t let the modern day stresses and worries keep on taking young people away from us.
If you wanna whet your whistle, here’s a lil virtual gallery of our last Charity exhibition below and if you wanna make a donation right now to Calm, go here!
Versus Exhibition Virtual Gallery from AnyForty on Vimeo.