24 Jul Denny Bros teams up with leading artist to support mental health charity
Our partnership with a renowned artist has led to two unique works of art adorning the ground floor entrance of our headquarters. We recently commissioned artist/musician Kate Jackson to embellish two walls of our building in Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds – while also using the project to support the work of Suffolk Mind.
Graham Denny, managing director of Denny Bros, said he was delighted to support the charity and also have two very different works of art from such a respected artist. He said: “We have been wanting some relevant artworks to greet people as they arrive at Denny Bros as we have a lot of visitors to our site. I knew of Kate through her music and her art. She is particularly known for featuring industrial buildings in her work.
“I saw the sleeve she had designed for the ‘Sound of Sugar Town’ record featuring the sugar beet factory in Bury St Edmunds and I thought she would be exactly the right artist for us. The art has been very well received and our marketing team has now commissioned Kate for another project helping to design an exhibition stand.”
Kate produced two works of art – one a unique interpretation of the Denny Bros’ building in Kempson Way entitled ‘Sunrise over Denny Bros’ and another illustrating the company’s printing process entitled ‘CMYK YMCK’. She said: “I was born and bred in the Bury St Edmunds area and I have always been a customer of the shop Denny Bros Supplies (part of the Denny Bros Group) so I was delighted to support them. “I wanted to produce something that would allow people to see an industrial building in a different way.
“In terms of the second work of art, around the printing press fingerprinting test, I was given a tour of the factory and these colours really caught my eye.”
As part of the art project, Denny Bros also made a £2,000 donation to Suffolk Mind – a charity of which Kate is a long term supporter after friend, John Holmes, died following a long history of mental illness. Kate also set up the Hoo Ha Record Club with Ken Last, owner of The Rehearsal Rooms in Bury, in memory of John and to raise money for the charity.
Graham said: “We have wanted some artwork for quite a while and it was great to be able to combine this with the contribution to a mental health charity. As a company, we are acutely aware that there can be a lack of suitable resources for those needing support for mental health issues and how vital the work done by charities like Suffolk Mind is for many people. We were keen to do a small bit to help.”
Sue Gray, director of the charity, added: “We are delighted to have the support of Denny Bros and Kate Jackson. It is fantastic to have people working together in the community in support of our work.”