Art Academy East raises funds for youth suicide prevention

Published:
10:40 am December 23, 2021



An art marathon is due to be held in the city next month to raise funds and educate young people about suicide.

The Art Academy East is hosting the event on January 25, 2022, in memory of Emily Owen, raising funds on behalf of PAPYRUS and ‘3 Dads Walking’.

The day-long hands-on arts event will be held at their bright studio in Norwich in support of PAPYRUS, the charity committed to preventing youth suicide.

From complete beginners to experienced artists, Art Academy East wants everyone to come, and ticket holders can even participate in the home painting sessions virtually.

A former student of Art Academy East, Emily was a talented artist who created a range of works with AAE, including a stunning portrait of actor Sir Ian McKellen.

Emily’s father, Tim Owen, from Shouldham in West Norfolk, recently completed an incredible 300-mile charity walk dubbed ‘3 Dads Walking’.

The three 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 and Manchester United legend Lou Macari.


Emily Owens portrait of actor Sir Ian McKellen.
– Credit: Art Academy East

Claire Frances Smith, Director of Art Academy East, said: “We decided to call our event ‘Art for Life’ because it has a double meaning for us: a creative and fun event that promotes a charity that saves lives, and also highlights the importance of art. in lifelong learning, well-being and society.”

Tim, Emily’s father, added: “Emily’s suicide has been totally devastating to her family, friends and colleagues.

“She simply had no idea how many lives she touched and now continues to make an impact through events like this.”

Ged Flynn, Managing Director of PAPYRUS, said: “Art for Life is an amazing example of how we can all work together to raise awareness of the vital support available and help connect with young people.

“The support also helps PAPYRUS engage with local communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and supports the training we provide to individuals and groups.

“Together, we must continue to give hope to young people who are struggling to live.”

Sessions will take place throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at Sprowston’s studio.

Tickets can be reserved through AAE.

Mildred D. Field