Art for Life

Event Start Time: 09:30
Event Cost: from £35 GBP
Event Location: Art Academy East
Art Academy East

Sapphire House, Roundtree Way, Norwich NR7 8SQ, UK
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Art Academy East to host 'Art for Life' - a marathon fundraising art event in support of youth suicide prevention

In memory of Emily Owen, raising funds on behalf of PAPYRUS and '3 Dads Walking'

On 25 January 2022 Art Academy East will host an all-day hands-on art event at their bright Norwich studio space in support of PAPYRUS, the charity committed to the prevention of young suicide.

The day is all about having fun and trying something new - no need to be an expert! From complete beginners to experienced creators, Art Academy East welcomes everyone to paint-along or clay throwdown! Ticket holders can even join in with the painting sessions at home, so no-one's left out. All artists will come away with their own fabulous artwork to take home whilst also supporting a life-saving cause.

The event is being held in memory of former Art Academy East student, Emily Owen. Emily was a talented artist and valued student who created works with AAE including a beautiful portrait of actor Sir Ian McKellen. Emily's father, Tim Owen, from Shouldham in west Norfolk, recently completed an incredible 300-mile charity walk '3 Dads Walking'. The 3 fathers, who each lost their daughters to suicide won hearts across the UK as well as generous donations from actors Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman as well as Manchester United legend Lou Macari.

Claire Frances Smith, Art Academy East Director says: "We decided to call our event 'Art for Life' as it has double meaning for us; a creative, fun event that promotes a life-saving charity, and also underlines the importance of art in lifelong learning, wellbeing and society. We have been so inspired by the '3 Dads Walking' and wanted to lend our support to help to raise awareness of PAPYRUS and also highlight Emily's special talent as an artist.''

Emily's father, Tim Owen says "Emily's suicide was totally devastating to family, friends and colleagues. She had just no idea how many people's lives she touched and now continues to impact through events like this. Em was such an amazing and talented artist but would never have believed that her art would be showcased and used to raise life-saving funds for PAPYRUS. So, thank you for supporting Art Academy East's 'Art for Life' event and celebrating Em's art with us - your support will be saving young people's lives."

'Art for Life' tickets are a unique Christmas gift for anyone inspired by Phoebe Dynevor's portrayal of Clarice Cliff in The Colour Room, or fans of shows like Landscape Artist of the Year and The Great Pottery Throwdown. The day promises an inspiring creative experience, perfect to be enjoyed solo, with friends or to make memories for a special couple.

Esther James, Art Academy East Creative Director comments "When a person decides to take their own life, for the family, the discussions held around the circumstances of their death can often overshadow celebrating who the person was, how they lived their life and their achievements. We passionately support charity work around the prevention of suicide and help for bereaved families and we feel strongly about creating an event that showcased Emily's considerable artistic abilities."

Ged Flynn, Chief Executive of PAPYRUS, adds "'Art for Life' is an amazing example of how we can all work together to raise greater awareness of the vital support which is available and help to engage with young people.

"Events, fundraising, and donations help to pay for potentially life-saving calls, texts and emails to our confidential HOPELINEUK service, which offers support and advice to young people and anyone who is worried about a young person who may be having thoughts of suicide.

"Your support also helps PAPYRUS to engage with local communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and supports the training we deliver to individuals and groups.

"Together we must continue giving hope to young people who are struggling with life."

Sessions will run throughout the day from 9.30am-8.30pm on Tuesday 25th January 2022 at Art Academy East in Sprowston, Norwich. Everyone who buys a ticket for the online sessions will receive an art pack with all necessary materials to follow the step-by-step guided painting sessions, just as if they were in the studio.

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