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Art project to commemorate young artist who took his own life

Family and broadcaster will launch a new art project in his name

08 May, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Finn Clark was found dead near Gillespie Park in December 2015

A new art project is being launched to commemorate the life of a young artist who took his own life aged 25.

Finn Clark, who lived in Finsbury Park, was an award-winning professional illustrator who took his own life following a diagnosis of depression and psychosis.

To celebrate his life and to raise awareness of mental illness, his family, together with broadcaster Libby Purves, will launch The InFinnity Project on Friday, May 12 – the final day of mental health awareness week – at the Hospital Club, Covent Garden.

Ms Purves own son, Nicholas Heiney, committed suicide in 2006.

It is hoped that the project will increase awareness of the therapeutic benefits of art and creativity. People with experience of mental health problems can submit artwork until the end of September 2017.

A panel of professional and amateur artists will then choose a selection of artwork that will be used to create merchandise to raise money for the charity Rethink Mental Illness. The selected artwork will be announced on World Mental Health day on October 10.

The launch event will feature an art workshop and a slideshow of Finn’s work, which will provide the inspiration for this year’s competition themes. A group of artists will also respond to the themes, alongside a discussion about the work they produced.

Speaking about TheInFinnityProject, journalist and radio presenter Ms Purves said:

“Troubled young minds are often also creative minds, as we know from our own son Nicholas Heiney and his remarkable writings in his last years.  It need not mean disaster: to contemplate the art which others have made out of their sensitivity to beauty and mystery can be a powerful bridge back to stability.

“All good art is like a hand held out by a stranger, showing that you are never quite alone.”

Mr Clark’s body was found close to the Gillespie Park and Ecology Centre in December 2015, days after friends and family launched a desperate search to find him all over north London.

The launch of the InFinnity Project will take place from 11am-1pm on Friday, May 12, at The Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, WC2H 9HQ.

The launch is open to the public but the event is ticketed. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-infinnity-project-launch-tickets-33394415596

For more information on the project, or to submit a piece of artwork, visit www.theinfinnityproject.uk

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