Black Dog Campaign

Coat Designers

A number of celebrities, artists and supporters have designed coats for the Black Dogs. Here we meet some of them, and see their brilliant work come to life on the statues.

Anthony Cleyndert

Anthony Cleyndert went to art school at the age of 18, and he obtained a degree in fine art print making at the age of 25. Thanks to an arts grant from SANE, Anthony studied stained glass printing at the Central St Martin’s School of Art and 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

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 1990s 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 five minute interview with fashion blog Rebel Rebel Anti Style.

Joanna Lumley

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.

Charlotte Franklin

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

Helen and Colin David, of leading fashion label 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.

Doctor DogAdam Ant

Iconic pop musician and solo artist Adam Ant designed the coat for our 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.

Clifford Chance dog

Harvey Cantrill Baker

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 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.

Maggie Keppie


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.

Your chance to get involved

You could be the next artist of a coat for a Black Dog statue. Follow and tweet designs to us on Twitter @CharitySANE or email them to