The Drug of Art

by The Drug of Art in Lewes, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Total raised £81,573

raised so far

+ est. £28.75 Gift Aid



The Drug of Art project uses art to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing by combating isolation and loneliness.

Project by The Drug of Art

We're still collecting donations

On the 7th January 2023 we'd raised £78,753 with 369 supporters in 249 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

With more money we can significantly scale this project, reaching many more young people with The Drug of Art. 

With this extra money we will deliver more in person workshops and launch a national competition getting children involved in creating art.  

Update: +Extra funding!

BA Better World Community Fund: British Airways will provide The Drug of Art with up to £25,000 in matchfunding once we reach 25 supporters and 25% of our target.

National Emergencies Trust: The Drug of Art is taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250. (Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.)


My name is Alison Lapper - I am an artist, presenter and disability campaigner. I'm also a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists. You may recognise me from the Alison Lapper Pregnant statue by my friend Marc Quinn, erected in Trafalgar Square in 2005.


I know the power of art and how it can help you overcome anxiety, grief and get you out of some very dark times. I've experienced these dark times first hand with the tragic passing of my son Parys.

Parys was just 19 years old when he died from an accidental drug overdose. He was anxious, depressed and self harming. I'm determined that my son's death won't be in vain.



Help combat isolation and loneliness and improve mental health and wellbeing in young people

We are excited to have the support of Young Minds and will be working with them to engage young people.

As a result of my loss and in the hope to make a difference for others, I have set up ‘The Drug of Art’, an exciting project that uses art and creative expression to help young people with their mental health and wellbeing, combating the isolation and loneliness that has only become more commonplace since the Covid-19 pandemic. 

With your support, we can bring The Drug of Art to schools and communities through a number of different ways:



We will run in-person workshops and an education programme, encouraging people to express how they’re feeling through art. They will be run with the charity, the Michael Aldrich Foundation (charity number 1047341) to build confidence, curiosity, creativity, emotional wellbeing and resilience in children and adults and help them to express how they feel through a love of art and making.

Online masterclasses

Young people and schools will be able to access specially crafted digital masterclasses with well-known artists free of charge to help kickstart their creativity.

The Drug of Art Exhibition

We’re launching a competition  that will give young people the chance to have their work exhibited at our Drug of Art Exhibition, which will feature Alison's work alongside a number of international artists including Rankin and Marc Quinn.


We’re launching a podcast, talking to artists from all walks of life about their experiences with mental health difficulties and how art helped them.



Who will this help?

Initially we are focusing  the project in the South of England with a target reach of 25,000 young people across 500 schools.

With additional funds we could expand the reach of the Drug of Art programme and help even more young people in need across the UK making it a national project.



How you can help


However much or little you’re able to give, your support will help us support young people with their mental health across the UK.


Help spread the word and encourage others to donate as well! We would also love to see a selfie of you wearing your exclusive Drug of Art T-shirt when it arrives. Don't forget to tag us on Instagram! #TheDrugOfArt

Get in touch

If you think you may have a reward that we could add to our project to encourage donations, please get in touch at [email protected]


Why is this project important?

1 in 4 people experience mental health issues each year and yet there continues to be a huge stigma around the issue. The Covid 19 pandemic has triggered a 25% increase in prevalence of anxiety and depression (Source WHO), particularly in young people, and isolation is a real issue for so many as a result.

In an ideal world, mental health support would be widely available to young people but sadly this is not the case. Funding for children's mental health services is at an all-time low, yet the demand for these lifesaving services is up 134%.

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been a growing appreciation for how engaging with art can play a valuable role in helping people who are struggling with their mental health. It can enable people to take greater responsibility for their wellbeing and maintain levels of independence, curiosity and improve quality of life. 

However, art isn’t always accessible to all. We want to focus on these areas to make a difference and provide a safe space to discuss and raise awareness of the help that is out there.



Rewards for your support

To show our appreciation for your support we’ve worked with some high-profile artists to bring you some exclusive rewards. Four internationally renowned artists - Rankin, Marc Quinn, Alison Lapper and Gary Mansfield - have each designed an exclusive T-shirt for the Drug of Art Project.


There are a limited number of these t-shirts available, so be quick and claim one while you can!


Alison's image is used by courtesy of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists Worldwide.

Other rewards include:

  • Your name on the Drug of Art wall of fame.
    As a show of thanks and acknowledgement for helping to make this happen, your name will be listed on our website and in any exhibition programmes as a supporter for this great cause.

  • A VIP ticket for the opening night of the Drug of Art Exhibition.
    The exhibition will be launched in Spring 2023 at an exciting London venue. This  VIP ticket entitles you to a glass of bubbly, a personal introduction to Alison Lapper and a shout out at the event.


How you can find The Drug of Art






Young Minds are the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health making sure every young person gets the mental health support they need, when they need it, no matter what.

All money from this Crowdfunder page goes directly to ‘The Drug of Art’ project, however we are excited to be working with YoungMinds to engage and support young people’s mental health and promote their work. For information, help and advice you can click here

The Michael Aldrich Foundation

The Michael Aldrich Foundation is an independent charity (Charity Number 1047341) which aims to promote education, particularly arts education, and which has a focus on community arts projects.

Chalk Productions

Chalk Productions is an Independent Production company that makes award winning content and campaigns with social purpose.  We work with the best creatives in there business to tell innovative, diverse and real life stories that touch the hearts of audiences.

Select a reward

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

Alison Lapper Exclusive T-shirt

Exclusive T-shirt designed for the Drug of Art T-shirt by Alison Lapper.

£20 or more

Enter the Drug of Art wall of Fame

A huge thanks and acknowledgement to you for helping to make this happen! Your name will be listed on our website and in any exhibition programmes as a supporter for this great cause.

£60 or more

Rankin Exclusive T-Shirt

Exclusive T-shirt designed for the Drug of Art T-shirt by Rankin.

£60 or more

Gary Mansfield Exclusive T-shirt

Exclusive T-shirt designed for the Drug of Art T-shirt by Gary Mansfield.

£60 or more

Marc Quinn Exclusive T-Shirt

Exclusive T-shirt designed for the Drug of Art by Marc Quinn

£200 or more

Be a VIP at the Drug of Art opening night

A ticket for one at the opening night of the Drug of Art Exhibition.

£225 or more

Artist exclusive T-shirt bundle

Own all four exclusively designed t-shirts for the Drug of Art by renowned artists, Rankin, Marc Quinn, Alison Lapper and Gary Mansfield.

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