Londoners are invited to open up about grief and their mental health while enjoying an ice cream in Elephant and Castle this autumn.
We’re pleased to say that the artist known as Fandangoe Kid (real name Annie Nicholson), is bringing her punningly-named van Fandangoe Whip to Elephant Park.
The installation will run from September 30 to October 2 and is in collaboration with London College of Communication. Whilst Annie has visited towns and cities across the UK, this leg of the tour brings Annie back to her roots, as she studied graphic design at UAL’s London College of Communication, just a short walk away.
The project was inspired by Nicholson’s own experience of grief, which goes back to 2011 but which has been brought into focus by the Coronavirus pandemic.
She explains: “We have all experienced a loss of some sort this past year, whether a physical loss of loved ones or a loss of lifestyle and routine, or both.
“How have we survived lockdown? How are we processing the grief of all we have lost? And how can we do this together?
“Grief is a part of life and one that comes to us all. The sooner we find ways in which we can start to share this, the less overwhelming I believe the world will be.”
Watch LCC's artist interview here:
Gill Henderson, Cultural and Communities Partnerships Manager at London College of Communication, adds:
“The Fandangoe Whip presents an original yet accessible means of broaching what may be difficult topics for many people in the area.
“Annie’s eye-catching designs may already be familiar to people who work and live in Elephant and Castle. Last year her designs inspired by local community workshops decorated a pillar at the entrance to the College, which visitors can still enjoy today.
“It’s fantastic that Annie will be continuing to engage with the Elephant and Castle communities through workshops and an installation which will combine being great fun with a safe space to talk about mental health and wellbeing.”
The Fandangoe Whip will be at Elephant Park, SE17 1UB, from 30 September – 2 October, open from 11am-4pm each day.