Mental health group takes part in Magna Carta project

The importance of freedom will be embodied in a handcrafted felt banner by a Louth mental health group, as part of a Magna Carta project.

The concepts for the artwork have been developed by a group of ten 
people from the mental health group in 
Louth, working with professional artist 
Robyn Smith.

The team worked together for 12 weeks and were 
inspired by a visit to Lincoln Castle to see the 
Magna Carta itself.

The design, which links mental health issues 
with the influence of the Magna Carta, depicts a 
tree to symbolise new life, change and growth.

Each of the leaves on the tree have key themes and words stitched on – all linked to the concepts of freedom and the importance of having a voice.

The banner is one metre square and will 
take a total of 50 hours 
to complete.

It will be unveiled at the Collection museum on Saturday September 5 as 
part of Festival800.

The county-based project leader Robyn Smith is a felt and textile 
artist who makes jewellery 
and accessories from handmade felt.

“The project has 
been really interesting 
and working with members of the community has 
been really inspiring,” 
she said.

“It means that the design itself has real meaning for the people involved and I believe its themes will resonate with many more people across 
the county.

“Having a voice is a really important issue for people from the mental health community and the concept of freedom of speech really begins with the Magna Carta so there is a very real connection.”

The work was commissioned as part of the Magna Carta Poets Laureate Lincolnshire Landscape project – a programme designed to explore the themes of freedom of speech, human rights 
and democracy as part of the celebrations.

The Poet Laureate project is directed and produced by Lincoln-based cultural solutions UK, and is funded by Arts Council 
England and Lincolnshire County Council.