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We want to make 3 new animations starring Dr Bobby, Roxy and Rudi to spread the word about our fantastic arts & mental health programme
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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

The Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Local Wellbeing Research Unit, Shuffle Festival (2013) Photograph: Hydar Dewachi
The Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Local Wellbeing Research Unit, Shuffle Festival (2013) Photograph: Hydar Dewachi

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:

Selina Thompson, Pat it and Prick it and Mark it with B. SPILL Festival of Performance (2013) Photograph: Pari Naderi.
Selina Thompson, Pat it and Prick it and Mark it with B. SPILL Festival of Performance (2013) Photograph: Pari Naderi.
Laura Jane Dean, This Room (2015)
Laura Jane Dean, This Room (2015)
Simon Raven, Cool Party (2014)
Simon Raven, Cool Party (2014)
Sara Haq, Space Time Travel Holidays (ongoing)
Sara Haq, Space Time Travel Holidays (ongoing)
Dolly Sen, Pretending to be Human (2010)
Dolly Sen, Pretending to be Human (2010)
Dylan Tighe, Record, album cover (2014) Photograph: Hugh O'Conor. Design: Oonagh Young
Dylan Tighe, Record, album cover (2014) Photograph: Hugh O'Conor. Design: Oonagh Young

We'll also be presenting work by artists from the wonderful Outside In at Pallant House Gallery and Bethlem Gallery:

Outside In National, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2012) Photograph: Jason Hedges
Outside In National, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2012) Photograph: Jason Hedges
Bethlem Gallery website. Screenshot: February 2015
Bethlem Gallery website. Screenshot: February 2015


 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.

The Expert View, Lightbox installation, Dalston Square (2014) Photograph: Andrew Whittuck
The Expert View, Lightbox installation, Dalston Square (2014) Photograph: Andrew Whittuck

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:

Kate Bland, Cast Iron Radio
Kate Bland, Cast Iron Radio
Pete Baynton, Radish Pictures
Pete Baynton, Radish Pictures
Bobby Baker aka 'Dr Bobby,' Shuffle Festival (2013) Photograph: Hydar Dewachi
Bobby Baker aka 'Dr Bobby,' Shuffle Festival (2013) Photograph: Hydar Dewachi

 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

Roxy and Rudi Roadshow, Chapter 1
Roxy and Rudi Roadshow, Chapter 1

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!

Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon, Chapter 4
Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon, Chapter 4
Rudi of Sidcup
Rudi of Sidcup


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.

Bobby Baker, How to Shop (1993) Photograph: Andrew Whittuck
Bobby Baker, How to Shop (1993) Photograph: Andrew Whittuck

Between 1997-2008 I had a period of serious mental ill health. I made lots of work about this experience.

Bobby Baker, Pull Yourself Together, Trafalgar Square, London (2000)  Photograph: Hugo Glendinning
Bobby Baker, Pull Yourself Together, Trafalgar Square, London (2000) Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

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.

Bobby Baker, Diary Drawings 1997-2008,  Day 711: 'The Daily Stream of Consciousness'  Photograph: Andrew Whittuck
Bobby Baker, Diary Drawings 1997-2008, Day 711: 'The Daily Stream of Consciousness' Photograph: Andrew Whittuck

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."

-Thanks Bobby!

Bobby Baker, 'Peas, Placards, Protest' Bonkersfest, Camberwell Green, London (2008). Photograph: Andrew Whittuck
Bobby Baker, 'Peas, Placards, Protest' Bonkersfest, Camberwell Green, London (2008). Photograph: Andrew Whittuck

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:

Bobby Baker, Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon Chapter 3 artwork: figures and props (2014)
Bobby Baker, Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon Chapter 3 artwork: figures and props (2014)
Bobby Baker, Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon Chapter 3 artwork: Mile End Park landscape watercolour (2014)
Bobby Baker, Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon Chapter 3 artwork: Mile End Park landscape watercolour (2014)
Bobby Baker, Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon Chapter 3 (2014)
Bobby Baker, Roxy and Rudi Roadshow Cartoon Chapter 3 (2014)

Thanks for reading our page: please help Roxy and Rudi to get this show on the road!

Roxy of Holloway
Roxy of Holloway
Rudi of Sidcup
Rudi of Sidcup

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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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    We will send you:
    A charming Daily Life Ltd 'collectable coaster' designed, signed and specially packaged by Bobby Baker aka Dr Bobby

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    A beautiful Roxy and Rudi Marketing Team limited edition Tea Towel.
    100% cotton, featuring an original design by Bobby Baker aka Dr Bobby

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    We will send you:

    A charming Daily Life Ltd 'collectable coaster' designed, signed and specially packaged by Bobby Baker aka Dr Bobby

    A beautiful Roxy and Rudi Marketing Team limited edition Tea Towel.
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    Pledge £60 or more About US$ 76

    This pledge will grant you a place at
    Roxy and Rudi’s 'Pet Portraiture Workshop'

    At this exclusive, 2 hour hands-on creative workshop led by Dr Bobby and her team in East London, you will learn how to create a stunning likeness of your favourite animal out of fruit and cake: a fruitcake portrait masterclass if you will.

    (2015: date to be announced - likely in the autumn)

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    VIP behind-the-scenes ticket for one of Daily Life Ltd’s major events of 2015

    This pledge will grant you exclusive access to one of our forthcoming public events in East London. Hosted by Dr Bobby and the Daily Life Ltd team, not only will you attend the ticketed event but you will also be allowed ‘back stage’ to gain an insider perspective on our unique way of working in participatory settings, including tea and biscuits with Dr Bobby and the team.

    Choice of events:
    - The Expert View Symposium, Bromley By Bow Centre May 8th 2015
    -The Expert View Artists’ Season, Queen Mary University London Arts 2 Building and Kingsley Hall, evenings of May 7/8th
    - Shuffle Festival, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, 25/6th July

    And you will receive a Credit on our website

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    Pledge £120 or more About US$ 152

    We will send you a unique pet portrait sketch by Bobby Baker. This signed, original artwork will look wonderful on your wall.

    And you will receive a Credit on our website

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    Culture Cake Workshop

    Daily Life Ltd is running a series of ‘Culture Cake’ workshops in East London throughout 2015
    This pledge will grant you a sought after place at one of these invitation-only participatory workshops exploring performance and identity, with a bonus bespoke tea and cake debrief afterwards with Dr Bobby and the team
    (Dates announced throughout 2015)

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 634

    For the top pledge of £500, you will see your very own pet(s) - or imaginary pet(s) - animated and featured in The Roxy and Rudi Roadshow cartoon, and receive the signed artwork.

    Send in an image of your favourite pet(s), along with a short description. Dr Bobby and Animator Pete will create an animated version of your pet(s) for a star cameo appearance in one of our upcoming cartoon chapters.

    You will also receive the signed original artwork by Bobby Baker, on which the animation is based.

    And you will receive a Credit on our website

    Date of completion depends on Cartoon Chapter date.

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 634

    For the top pledge of £500, you will see your very own ‘Prop’ animated and featured in The Roxy and Rudi Roadshow cartoon, and receive the signed artwork.

    Send in a photograph of your favourite object – anything from a beloved pot plant to a lucky pair of trainers - along with a short description if you like. Dr Bobby and Animator Pete will create an animated version of your ‘prop’ to make a star cameo appearance in one of our upcoming cartoon chapters

    You will also receive the signed original artwork by Bobby Baker on which the animation is based

    And you will receive a Credit on our website.

    Date of completion depends on Cartoon Chapter date.

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