For the eighth episode of the ‘We Are Listening’ campaign, various artists have put pen or paintbrush to paper to represent the relationship between mental health and sound.

Marcus Haney, Katherine Shapiro, Peter O’Toole, Dan Yates, Lucy Mahon, Ralph Stollenwerk and Ross Stirlingare among the illustrators who have taken part in the eighth installment of Nordoff Robbins’ ‘We Are Listening’ campaign, this time creating a portfolio of pieces named ‘Rebuilding Lives’.


The collection of pieces responds to the relationship between mental health and music, examining the impact that sound can have on daily life, and how that in turn influences our behaviours, our personalities, and our self- expression. Studies show that music can reduce stress, ease pain, improve sleep quality, improve mood and motivation and even reduce symptoms of depression.

  • Artwork by Katherine Shapiro

The seven illustrators have each created distinct, personal, and wildly varied pieces, from 70s-infused graphic designs to chaotic monochrome paintings to sun-bleached photography.


To see more of the illustrators’ artworks and learn more about the Nordoff Robbins charity, visit: We Are Listening – Nordoff Robbins (

  • Artwork by Lucy Mahon
  • Artwork by Marcus Haney

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