By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
ST. ALBANS, UK (ANS – July 21, 2015) — The first ever private viewing of the critically acclaimed “Thousand Bottles of Tears” exhibit, created by ceramic artist Deborah Tompsett, will be on display in St Albans later this month to help raise awareness of mental health issues.
The installation, hosted by financial and business advisers Grant Thornton at its new St Albans space on Wednesday, July 29, has been organized by local resident Mandy Johnson with the support of her father, veteran broadcaster, John Forrest, after her aunt took her own life two years ago.
According to a news release, each of the thousand tear bottles have been individually “thrown” on a potter’s wheel from lumps of clay representing the size of a man, woman and child’s heart. This gives each bottle a distinct look and feel, emphasizing the uniqueness of individuals whilst showing the common language of tears and the emotional experiences we all have.
Commenting on the exhibition, Mandy Johnson said: “My father first saw the display at Chichester Cathedral and was inspired by the way the installation positively highlights the power of tears.
“There are references to tear bottles throughout history from pilgrims in the Bible carrying tear bottles on their long journeys to Victorians using the vessels to catch tears and wait for them to evaporate, symbolizing the end of mourning. Deborah’s display highlights how everyone, throughout history to the present day, has to cope with the same emotional struggles.
“I experienced first-hand the impact of mental health issues two years ago when my aunt took her own life. Through this exhibition I hope to raise awareness of those struggling with mental health challenges and help ensure people do not have to face these difficulties alone.”
Visitors to the exhibition at Grant Thornton’s St Albans space will be able to purchase an exclusive tear bottle, with all money raised donated to mental health charity MIND Mid Hertfordshire to support its valuable work.
Dominic Preston, of Grant Thornton’s St Albans space, said: “Mental health and workplace well-being should be high on the agenda for all businesses. Grant Thornton is delighted to host the first private viewing of Deborah’s exhibit and to support such a valuable local charity.”
Photo caption: “A Thousand Bottles of Tears” display at Chichester Cathedral. 2) Dan Wooding.
Notes to editors:
1. Grant Thornton’s St Albans space provides business and financial advice to dynamic organizations across Hertfordshire.
2. Grant Thornton UK LLP is a member firm of Grant Thornton International Limited – one of the world’s leading organizations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. These firms help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, forward-thinking advice. Proactive teams, led by approachable partners in these firms, use insights, experience and instinct to understand complex issues for privately owned, publicly listed and public sector clients and help them to find solutions.
3. More than 40,000 Grant Thornton people, across over 130 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and the communities in which we live and work. The UK Grant Thornton member firm provides services to over 40,000 privately held businesses, public interest entities and individuals. It is led by more than 200 partners and employs nearly 4,600 of the profession’s brightest minds.
4. Find out more at www.grant-thornton.co.uk.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the author of some 45 books.
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