The mural hoping to save lives

April 03 2021
The mural hoping to save lives

A new mural painted onto the Bristol Beer Factory taproom in Southville is hoping to spark conversations about mental health in passers-by.

'How are you out of 10?' has been painted by Bristol artist Inkie onto the front of the brewery and is dedicated to Talk Club, a men's mental health discussion group which has been regularly meeting at the venue for two years.

 Each Talk Club session begins with the question, which prompts attendees to start talking about how they are feeling, and Talk Club says that it is saving lives.

Its founders hope the artwork will help more men and their families, and prevent mental ill health by simply asking the question.

Talk Club was born in the back room of the Bristol Beer Factory taproom in March 2019 and now has almost 2,000 male members and 50 clubs around the world. “We all love Inkie's work,” says Talk Club co-founder Gavin Thorpe. “In particular he has such a beautiful way with words.

“So we thought we’d ask him to inspire other men to use their words and talk about their worries. 

“And with 'Clear Head', the colab alcohol free beer by the Bristol Beer Factory, created in the building, is there a better place to call home?” 

Clear Head launched earlier in the year with 5 per cent of sales donated to Talk Club to help keep men mentally fit, and prevent mental ill health.

For more information about Talk Club, visit: wetalkclub.com or facebook.com/wetalkclubUK

Photo: Talk Club co-founder Gavin Thorpe (right) with artist Inkie in front of the 'How are you out of 10?' mural at the Bristol Beer Factory in Southville