White Cube and artist Antony Gormley release charity edition and name Together as a recipient of proceeds

World leading contemporary art gallery White Cube today launched an Antony Gormley charity edition to support mental health charities and food banks and we’re delighted to say Together for Mental Wellbeing have been named as one of the recipients of the proceeds.

Coinciding with UK Mental Health Awareness Week, White Cube and Antony Gormley are proud to release Together (2020), a charity edition of 250, priced at GBP 2,000 each.

The piece, ‘Together’ is an image of community at a time when we are all experiencing isolation, and a representation of the reunions with loved ones that we all fervently hope may soon be possible.

The proceeds from it will go to us alongside two other charities, One to One Project and The Trussell Trust, who are supporting people coping with the physical, financial and emotional consequences of the lockdown.

In describing the piece Antony Gormley said:

‘I made this image to support some of the charities doing heroic work during this pandemic, helping people in both body and mind. These open silhouettes suggest human spaces in space. They touch each other – the touch of others, so important to us, is denied during this time of isolation. This work was made as a single puddle of coffee. It runs through the bodies and, like blood, pools, coagulates and dries.

This time of enforced isolation has also been one of inspired and connected care: unity in separateness. Through the web from Torquay to Taipei we have become one mind, committed to each other’s well-being. Never before has the collective body of humankind been so conscious of its collective wellbeing. What we share through digital technology we can also feel through our common embodiment. We are part of a united system of life, we are together.

We’re incredibly grateful to be named as a beneficiary for the artwork and our Chief Executive, Linda Bryant commented:

At Together for Mental Wellbeing, we have been overwhelmed by the recognition of our work by Antony Gormley and White Cube through their incredible generosity in donating a share of the proceeds of Antony’s artwork, Together (2020).

Covid-19 and the impact of lockdown has impacted on everyone across the charity – staff, volunteers and the people we work alongside, the service users. We have had to learn new ways of connecting with each other, talking with each other and caring for each other.

This wonderful artwork depicting unity and togetherness has lifted our spirits and re-energised our efforts to build new communities of support and hope within Together and within the places in which we live and work.

The artwork is released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 and our theme for that is Live Experience – Click here to see our #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek coverage