There are a number of artists designing coats for the Black Dogs. Here we meet some of them, and see their brilliant work come to life on the statues.
At 18 Anthony Cleyndert went to art school. At the age of 25 he obtained a degree in Fine Art Print Making. Thanks to an arts grant from SANE Anthony studied stained glass printing at the Central St Martin’s School of Art and now is working on his method of screen printing on to glass. Anthony's artwork was used as the design for SANE's first black dog Horace.
Duggie Fields is a British born artist. As a student his work moved from Minimal, Conceptual and Constructivist phases to a more hard-edge post-Pop figuration. By the middle of the 1970s his work included many elements that were later defined as Post-Modernism. In the late 1990's he started working with digital media, describing his work in progress as Maximalist. Duggie designed the ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ themed coat for Homer.
You can learn more about Duggie's work in this 5 minute interview with fashion blog Rebel Rebel Anti Style.
Joanna Lumley, renowned for starring as Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous designed the coat for our third dog, Hugo. Individual campaign donations allowed us to produce Hugo, and Joanna’s wonderful ‘AbFab’ style coat of hearts, stars, and kisses completes the image. Joanna chose the name of our third dog after her own pet Labrador.
The Franklin Family sponsored our fourth dog, Kalman. The coat was designed by Charlotte Franklin who has a deep interest in mental health, especially among students. She is a keen ceramicist; her coat design is centred upon an intricate mosaic, and the dog has a Venetian inspired gilt collar. The message on the plinth reads ‘mens sana in corpora sano’- a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Image courtesy of Barry MacDonald
Helen and Colin David of ‘English Eccentrics’ designed our stunning Salty Dog coat. The nautical coat represents gaining control of the Black Dog, with the hand embroidered message ‘Lead him for you are his master’. Salty became a sea dog to describe the metaphor of the ocean and sending depression away on a voyage. His silver anchor reminds us of the importance of feeling secure and creating a safe harbour for those affected by mental illness.
Image courtesy of Barry MacDonald.
Iconic pop musician and solo artist Adam Ant designed the coat for our newest dog - Doctor Dog. This wonderful statue is kindly sponsored by psychotherapist Anna Albright and a group of her clinical colleagues including Dr Mark Collins, Dr Elza Eapen, Miss Karen Levy, Dr Jeremy Pfeffer, Dr Gillian Waldron and The Fitton Trust.
This Black Dog is an important anti-stigma statement from those who treat people that are affected by mental illness. Doctor Dog is pictured right in Soho Square, London.
SANE partner Clifford Chance held a competition for children from Thomas Tallis School to design the coat of their Black Dog statue. The winning design was by Year 8 pupil Harvey Cantrill Baker, and the statue resides in Clifford Chance's Head Office in Canary Wharf.
SANE's partnership with Clifford Chance will enable them to create awareness of mental ill health amongst staff.
SANE partner Deloitte unveiled their Black Dog statue in October 2012. The coat design was created by a Deloitte employee, and the dog was named Nomi, meaning 'beautiful innocence.'
Nomi is part of Deloitte's initiative to help staff feel more comfortable discussing mental health in the workplace. Nomi resides in the reception area of Deloitte's London offices.
SANE partner Ryden launched the Black Dog Campaign in Scotland on 14th November 2013. The first Scottish Black Dog is named Angus, and his coat was designed by Maggie Keppie. Maggie was the winner of an art competition to design the coat, co-ordinated by Edinburgh Art Therapy Centre; a charity harnessing the power of art.
SANE’s partnership with Ryden helps to expand our reach and service user base throughout Scotland.