The Connor Brothers are teaming up with Professor Green to shine a light on male mental health and to raise funds for CALM, a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.
The Connor Brothers – a pseudonym for British artists James Golding and Mike Snelle – will auction an exclusive oil painting entitled ‘We Are All In The Gutter’ at a private view held the Maddox Gallery on 16 May, which falls during Mental Health Awareness Week.
Rapper and celebrity fan of the Connor Brothers’ work, Professor Green, will attend the auction to represent CALM as the charity’s patron.
To reflect the statistic that 84 men take their own lives every week in the UK, The Connor Brothers will also release 84 individually signed and numbered prints of ‘We Are All In The Gutter’ on 9 May, to purchase exclusively via theconnorbrothers.com/shop. All proceeds from the auction and the sale of the 84 prints will go to CALM, funding the charity’s vital work preventing male suicide.
The Connor Brothers said: “Having personal experience of both mental health and addiction issues, and having other family members who’ve also struggled, we’re aware first hand of the importance of the work CALM does. By coincidence, James and I both had treatment in the same mental health unit a decade apart and we feel passionately that openness and support are two of the fundamental keys to reducing the frightening number of men who take their own lives every year. CALM offers both of those things and we are delighted to support their important work.”
Professor Green said: “Joining up with The Connor Brothers has been a great process and we’re all similarly dedicated to the issue of male mental health and suicide prevention. To be able to work alongside the Maddox Gallery is a great way to raise money for CALM, the charity I have championed since becoming patron in 2015. As well as starting important conversations around this issue, 84 people will get really nice prints and one person gets a really, really nice oil painting. Good luck at the auction!”
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said: “We’re honoured to be teaming up with The Connor Brothers and our patron Professor Green to raise funds that will allow CALM to continue supporting men in crisis. Suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, and these brilliant pieces of art help us highlight this important issue.”
The Connor Brothers have exhibited their work internationally, from New York, Sydney and Dubai to London, Hong Kong and Berlin. Their work frequently appears at major auction houses and in major public and private collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Penguin Books Art Collection and both the Omar Koc Collection and Niarchos Collections.