In December, award-winning charity, Body & Soul, who work with people of all ages that have been affected by childhood adversity and trauma, launched a new mural to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Led by ATMA and Paint the Change, London’s latest public artwork was produced collaboratively by over 100 members of the Body & Soul community and depicts a beautiful Kintsugi vase of lilies. Called ‘Home Again’, the vase shows that true beauty can always be found in what may seem to be broken and fragmented. The mural has been designed to capture, connect, and celebrate the vibrancy of the community and 25 years of Body & Soul’s work and can be seen on Body & Soul’s purpose-built centre in Clerkenwell, London. The artwork captures the feeling of coming back together after the long year in lockdown. The pandemic was like no other time in Body & Soul’s 25-year history. The task of providing an emergency response for the community and beyond galvanised the understanding of pandemics, of trauma, of equity and collective healing.
Meet Robert. With roots in Uganda and England, and childhood memories from Kenya, he offers a distinctive voice in the theatre world. As a noted critic in London, his reviews on 'Theatre Life' echo his deep connection to the arts and his active role in the Clerkenwell community. Offstage, Robert champions community causes, enjoys the strategy of backgammon, the energy of squash, and the serenity of British countryside hikes. Join him in exploring the theatrical scene through his informed and unique perspective.Other posts by Robert Cope