We are “Boys Don’t Cry”, an art collective and no profit organisation that is the first of its kind within the the UK. Through a rotating set of exiting and emerging new artists from across the country, our aim is to bring the issue of men’s mental health into discussion within the creative industry, and show how having a creative outlet can help combat the recent and horrifying upsurge of male suicides in this country.
Our first major show was put on in June of this year, at the Candid Arts Trust Gallery in Angel, Islington. We showed the work of seven young male artists working at the top art schools in London, with pieces ranging from painting to sculpture to performance. The event was a huge success, with around 250 people attending over the course of two evenings. Not only did we raise money for the award winning charity C.A.L.M, but we feel that through the amazing work of these young creatives we managed to spark a serious conversation around the issues of male mental health, and the work that needs to be done to prevent a deepening of the current crisis. Around the same time as this event we were also included in an upcoming documentary being made by Montini films about this issue; the feature length film is due to be released in 2020.
For our second show, we want to focus on how male mental health has been affected in the digital age, and question how and in what ways young artists are choosing to adopt the medium of technology in order to express themselves, and question the world they find themselves in. We have now confirmed that this event will take place at the Karma Sanctum Hotel in Soho, central London, for one night only. Our plan is that in the centre of the room we have a range of screens and computers showing the different artists work, that brings the viewer into a strange and unsettling digital world.
For this show, we would need a total of 20-25 screens, ranging from different sizes (laptops, desktops, ipads etc…) for a total of 24 hours, and this is where we need your help!! Although we have managed to fund this project so far out of our own pockets, unfortunately being students we simply do not have the means to pay to rent this amount of equipment ourselves, and so we are currently in the process of seeking sponsorship to help us achieve our goal. We have a quote from a tech company for £1300, which would cover the install, take down, insurance, and the cost to rent the screens themselves. For this event everything else has been organised and paid for, but we are missing the last and most important thing that we need, and we really hope that you might be able to help us with this.
We have now officially partnered with “Being Mankind”, an organisation and book publication that questions the role of the male through different personal accounts; previous writers for this book have included the heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua and the spoken word poet Emmanuel Speaks. We hope that you can help
us to create a night that will yet again challenge the public’s perception of men’s mental health, and help break the cycle that is causing so much unnecessary death and pain in this country.