A custom guitar collaboration made by Irish artist Terry Bradley and Chris Moffitt of Kithara Guitars will be presented to a lucky winner in a prize draw in aid of Action Mental Health.
Irish Artist Terry Bradley is known for his iconic and unique style, he has been painting professionally for 25 years and has two successful galleries in Northern Ireland. In the past he has collaborated with Harley Davidson, ABSOLUT Vodka and Nokia. Throughout his life Terry has suffered with anxiety and depression, often using his artwork as a means of catharsis.
Chris Moffitt is a successful luthier, creating handmade and bespoke guitars in the Kithara Guitars workshop in Belfast. Chris has also had his own struggles with mental health and was diagnosed with depression during his time in university. After struggling with depression and attempting to take his own life on two occasions, Chris found it was his faith that played an important role in his recovery. Kithara Guitars was born out of his genuine love and passion for guitar making, which he found a creative release from his own anxieties.
The pair were introduced by Simon Cordner of Windmill Guitars. They soon bonded over their love for art and music, as well as the realisation that they had both experienced suffering with poor mental health. This inspired them to start a conversation about men’s mental health, as well as creating this beautiful guitar. With this guitar, which is handcrafted by Chris and hand painted by Terry, the pair hope to reach out to more people and de-stigmatise the topic of men’s mental health, encouraging men to open up more about their emotions and experiences. Terry’s artwork depicts a colourful, bright, and happy face, symbolising the ‘mask’ that many use to cover up their real feelings and struggles. The back of the guitar features a lone figure by a full moon, along with the slogan ‘never give up’ which Terry lives by. This symbolises the darker realities of many peoples struggles with mental health issues.
Action Mental Health presented themselves as the perfect charity for this project, as their various services help to change the lives of those living with mental ill health and promote resilience and well being to future generations. To raise money for this deserving charity, Terry and Chris’s guitar is to be raffled, with one lucky winner receiving the guitar as their prize
Donations of £10 or more will enter you into the draw. Make sure you have ticked the box to share your contact information when donating and share the page via Facebook to secure your entry. The competition closes on the 30th July at 12:00pm and the winner will be informed shortly after via email.
So far the draw has raised over £3,000 for Action Mental Health, make your own entry and donation by clicking here.
Photographs courtesy of Terry Bradley and Chris Moffat.