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Weʼre raising £40,000 to build Head Above Water, a 9m high sculpture as part of designjunction and the London Design Festival.

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Head above Water

Help us make a dramatic change to the London Skyline.

Whilst this is being crowd-funded as a piece of public art, the mental health campaign Time to Change, (run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness) will use this dynamic platform to engage and stimulate their discussion to eradicate mental health-related stigma and discrimination.

With over 20 million people expected to view Head Above Water, they believe it will help open up the topic of mental health and prompt much needed conversation, helping to tackle the stigma that sadly still exists.

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We are creating a breath-taking installation by Steuart Padwick called Head above Water. The sculpture will be 9 metres high (size of a house) and sited on the Southbank at Queen's Stone Jetty (aka Gabriel’s Pier), during The London Design Festival from 15th September 2018, as part of designjunction which begins on 19th September.

Head above Water’s location, with its panoramic view of St Pauls and the iconic city skyline delivers a breath-taking and very powerful image.

Head Above Water is deliberately gender-neutral and will stand as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change for all of us with experience of mental health issues now, previously or in the future.

"One in four of us will experience a mental health problem this year. Mental health conditions do not discriminate and can affect anyone, anywhere at any time. Friends, family, colleagues, partners, children. It doesn’t discriminate on grounds of sex, age, race, sexual orientation or religion either." Time to Change team.

At night, Head above Water will be lit and people will be able to engage with its changing colours to reflect how they are feeling through a dedicated twitter feed - all in real time. This is with the support and guidance of The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London.

Designjunction will promote Head Above Water across their extensive media platforms. Getty Images will be photographing this and also promoting it far and wide in every way they can.

Whilst Head Above Water will be located in London, it's reach will be worldwide.

We have a world class team working on the project pro bono. Engineering by (Tate Modern extension and Hastings pier), lighting by (The Hive at Kew), Cross Laminated Timber panels (CLT) by (supplying the new Google Headquarters in Kings Cross) and the build by (Piccadilly Circus Circus).

Please help us a make a difference. We are looking for financial contributions to enable Head Above Water to be built.

Money raised will be used for materials, erecting and dismantling. Everything else is being done for free in support of mental health awareness.

All donations will be credited on our website and anything above £100 will also be permanently named on the sculpture (unless you prefer to be anonymous)

All money received above and beyond the amount needed for the build will go directly to Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.

Thank you

Steuart Padwick and Natalie Alexopoulos

Supported by and Anglepoise.

A few endorsements...

“A bracing, bold intervention into the city’s skyline. A clarion call to remember our humanity from the banks of the most beautiful city on earth.” Simon Stephens (Playwright)

“We certainly need symbols of hope and positivity now more than ever.” Sir Jony Ive (Chief Design Officer - Apple)

‘Head Above Water is a fine emblem of what we all hope for: a healthy, creative, compassionate mind’ Kevin McCloud (Designer and TV Presenter)

"A place of reflection..... and time to send mental health discrimination out with the tide" Simon Terry (Managing Director - Anglepoise)

"'Head Above Water" by Steuart Padwick is a highly engaging work that prompts vital thinking around mental health - congratulations to all involved." Helen Pheby PHD (Senior Curator at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park)

“excellent Head on the Thames project, very good and interesting… Best wishes Terence.” Sir Terence Conran (Designer and Restaurateur)

"Good luck with the brilliantly ambitious "Head Above Water" project. It's so striking and thought-provoking." Paul Whitehouse (Writer and Comedian)

“…in this ever changing, fast moving and more and more ruthless modern world, which of us could say his or her mental health or wellbeing might not be challenged.” Niamh Cusack (Actor)

"It's a bright and beautiful offering. Mental or emotional pain can be private but shouldn't have to be a secret" Kogna Holdbrook-Smith (Actor)

“The symbolism could not be more powerful to highlight the issues of mental health.” Keith Brymer-Jones (TV presenter and Master Potter)

"This year alone, I have been shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of loved ones through mental health issues. This brave and unifying Head Above Water installation should be a sobering reminder and a beacon of hope that help is there, whenever you should need it." Jessica Raine (Actor)

“Mental health needs to be at the centre of our national conversation and this optimistic, dignified sculpture will be heard loud and clear.” Tom Goodman_Hill (Actor)

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  • Steuart Padwick10 days ago
    Steuart Padwick

    Steuart Padwick

    10 days ago

    Once again we have reduced the target fund by £10,000 thanks to more work being done for free by our growing team of partners. Thank you!

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  • Steuart Padwick22 days ago
    Steuart Padwick

    Steuart Padwick

    22 days ago

    Hi All, Thank you so much for your support and pledges. GREAT NEWS - You may have noticed the amount we need has come down by £5,000. This is because we have managed to reduce the costs thanks to more people getting involved and working for free. We are working on so many levels to make this happen. Time to Change represent a growing movement of people changing how we all think and act about mental health problems. Please keep spreading the message and adding your comments. Thank you

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  • Gotsman family.

    Gotsman family.

    Aug 14, 2018

    Inspirational project to raise awareness for mental health. We are looking forward to seeing the sculpture take shape.


  • Paul Gregory

    Paul Gregory

    Aug 14, 2018

    Good luck with the project.


  • Barbara Taylor

    Barbara Taylor

    Aug 7, 2018

    A project like this will do so much to raise awareness. Good luck with the fundraising!


  • Anonymous


    Aug 7, 2018

    Best of luck in your magnificent project, highlighting the important area of mental health awareness


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  • Eija


    Aug 5, 2018

    Good luck Steuart in trying to bring mental health issues more 'out!'

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Steuart Padwick

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Is a multi-award winning British designer.

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