Bobby Baker's Daily Life Ltd: who we are and what we do
Hello! Team Daily Life Ltd here - thanks for stopping by. We're an arts organisation based in Stratford, East London. Our Artistic Director, Bobby Baker, is well known as an artist and as an 'expert by experience' of the mental health system. Our whole mission is to create powerful art that changes the way people think about mental health. We want as many people as possible to see surprising and beautiful work by artists with personal experience of mental health issues - and we need your help
Having produced Bobby's art for years, we are now beginning to present work by many more artists who have lived experience of mental distress. This year we’ve raised money to tour exciting work by a group of talented poets, performers, artists and musicians in East London. Here are some of our amazing lineup:
We'll also be presenting work by artists from the wonderful Outside In at Pallant House Gallery and Bethlem Gallery:
We're touring to East London venues like the pioneering Bromley By Bow Centre, Kingsley Hall, Shuffle Festival, and Queen Mary University, London. Plus we’re planning another stunning Lightbox installation this autumn, building on the success of exhibition in Dalston last year - but this time in Newham.
What we want to do now - with your help
The art is all sorted, as you can see, but now we need to make sure people know about it - locally and online. We're a minuscule company, so we're asking for your support to pay for our creative collaborators to help develop three more 'Promo Cartoons.' Here they are:
Thanks to Pete, Kate and the rest of our collaborators working with Bobby, our tiny, terrific and talented Roxy and Rudi Marketing Team have already been on the road on their mission to SAVE HUMANITY! Check them out on YouTube
As well as promoting new work, the cartoons are also a way of recording our activities and sharing them with people far beyond our East London stomping ground - Roxy, Rudi and Dr Bobby are a multitasking team!
A bit of background information
For those of you who don't know us yet, and why we have such a passion for the arts and mental health, here's a word from our Artistic Director Bobby Baker, aka 'Dr Bobby:'
"Hello! I’m an artist and the Artistic Director of Daily Life Ltd. We’re a small Arts Council funded arts organisation based in East London.
I've been an artist for 40 years or so, making lots of work about daily life, being a woman, bringing up children, power, that sort of thing …How to change the world, basically.
Between 1997-2008 I had a period of serious mental ill health. I made lots of work about this experience.
I had all sorts of treatment - some of it good - and in the end I got better. I'm now proud to describe myself as an expert by experience of the mental health system, and I’ve been Tip Top up Top for a decade or more.
But there’s a lot of ignorance, fear and prejudice about mental health out there. This affected me very badly and still does, as it does others. Mental health is a subject that provokes strong feelings – people can get shouty, or boring, or bored or even more confused.
So that’s where the art comes in!
We know that powerful art changes lives and transforms thinking. We want more people to see great work by many people – many more voices, many experiences. We'd love your support to make the The Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoons, so we can promote our fantastic 2015 programme to a wider audience."
How to make it happen
So there you have it: our story in a nutshell, and the reason we are seeking your help to make more Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoons. People can watch them online, all around the world, and we can present them at local events and when we visit groups and organisations too - they are such a fantastic and friendly resource as we work to widen our networks and collaborations.
Here are some examples of what your donations will support:
- £150 will pay for professional sound editing for one 90 second clip
- £250 will pay for one hour in the Cast Iron recording studio
- £500 will pay for the cutting-out, rigging and key framing of one Chapter
And these images below show a few of the stages involved in Bobby developing artwork:
Thanks for reading our page: please help Roxy and Rudi to get this show on the road!
Risks and challenges
Over the past year we have developed strong working relationships with our creative collaborators. As with any small organisation capacity is always our biggest challenge, but we're confident we've got collaborative cartoon creation down to a fine art. Bobby Baker has an excellent track record for producing original artwork, and works very successfully with Pete, Kate and the technical team.
We have clear agreements with all external collaborators. They are committed to the project, and the small studio team at Daily Life Ltd have the skills and experience to support the work. All we need now is your help!
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