Dear Anthropos Family, on this day of winter solstice, we are deeply saddened and devastated to inform you of the passing of Jay Goulding, a founding member of Anthropos Festival and dear friend to many.
As some of you may already be aware, Jay died suddenly early on October 30th, aged 28, at his home in Bristol. He looked peaceful when he was found in his bed in the morning, next to him he had all the things prepped and ready for a regular day.
We want to again express our deepest condolences to the whole family and our heart goes out to all close to him. It still seems surreal, we are all so heartbroken. Jay meant so much to so many people and was a true inspiration. An incredibly principled person, he was a true artist, deep thinker, philosopher. He had a deep love for the natural world, and his wish was to see positive and creative communities flourish. Jay had such a strong vision for the world and really excelled at making that vision real, at sharing it with others. He was absolutely overarching.
You are invited to create something; large or small, ephemeral or permanent, in any medium or genre, or contribute something positive to the environment, or community. When you do this one thing in his memory, whatever you make, create or plant is entirely yours - all we ask is that you keep a record so that in time, these might be gathered for an event or exhibition to celebrate the positive ripple effect of Jay’s life.
More information is available on https://jaygoulding.com/tree where you can leave a record of what you decide to do.
Jay was absolutely fundamental to creating the vision behind Anthropos Festival. As part of the Leadership Team he filled many indispensable roles: Core Organiser, Visual Lead, Volunteer Lead, Decor Coordinator and so many more. He completed the picture with his beautiful contributions which are and always will be at the heart of the project. His commitment and initiatives for Anthropos are invaluable and we couldn’t have wished for anyone else to share this incredible journey with. We will make Jay proud by continuing and building upon his great work for our good friend.
He was taken from us with so much more to give to this world, but Jay will continue to live through the positive change that he ignited through his words, actions and works of art. Jay was never afraid to go further, reaching new heights. We are beyond humbled and lucky to have shared many amazing moments together with him.
May the stars and moon shine bright for you, Jay, reminding us of the infinite potential that you were able to spark in so many.
You will be sorely missed but never forgotten!
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."Bene Gesserit - Litany Against Fear