Updated: Jan 29, 2019
If you've subscribed to our campaign on Indiegogo then you'll hopefully have been receiving updates about how The Colour of Madness is progressing -- but just in case you've missed anything we wanted to go over how well this project has developed and how much hard work has been put in by our wonderful editors, Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott.
Even the cover-art was BAME-curated, and the winning illustration belonged to Neneh Patel and is titled 'Diversity of Thought'. Neneh, originally from Leicester, is an Illustration student at Leeds Arts University. She showcases her work on her website (www.nenehpatel.com) and her Instaram @neneh_patel.
Using Neneh's 'Diversity of Thought', the team has developed the cover for the anthology. We can't wait for this to be available, and we hope you're as excited as we are to see it hit the shelves.
The written content for The Colour of Madness has been chosen, but we have decided to re-open our submissions for artwork. If you'd like to be considered, please check the guidelines and submit via this page but be quick: we close for the final time tomorrow (15th April).
For an overview of who our editors are and why they're so passionate about this project, check out the video below.
As if our editors weren't busy enough developing The Colour of Madness while studying, they've been invited to several prestigious event to discuss their work in furthering representation of mental health in the BAME community.
In February, Rianna was invited to speak at Student Minds Cambridge, a student-run mental health charity. There she discussed BAME mental health and how to survive and thrive in higher education and academic institutions.
The discussion covered everything from how racial stereotypes affect our conceptions of our own identity, to finding support in online communities when there are few people of colour around you.
On Sunday 11 March, both Rianna and Samara took part in Southbank Centre's Women of the World Festival. The panel discussion, entitled "One in Five: Women's Mental Health," was chaired by Shahroo Izadi, Behavioural Change Specialist and author of The Kindness Method. They were also joined by Tania Diggory, Founder of Calmer, a platform that supports entrepreneurs with their mental health and wellbeing, and Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq, renowned artist and Art Psychotherapist. The hour-long discussion covered themes such as the impact of microaggressions and discrimination on mental wellbeing, barriers to care for marginalised communities, and the medicalisation of distress. We were both moved and challenged by the speakers, as well as the contributions from the audience.
Samara and Rianna both do an amazing job handling the myriad of responsibilities that come with this anthology, but an extra pair of hands is always appreciated. If you'd like to get involved, our editors are looking for a small team of volunteers to assist with social media, marketing, and funding applications. Email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested!