Sunday, 21 November 2010

Auction For Shelter

Home is where the art is

Homelessness charity Shelter is auctioning specially commissioned artworks from some of the world's top artists to help raise awareness – and funds – for its campaigning work.

The organisation has won the support of 52 renowned artists and designers to create an exclusive exhibition of works intended to highlight the UK's housing crisis and its human plight. Among them are Grayson Perry, Sir Peter Blake, Marc Quinn, Miles Aldridge, Eine and Barbara Hulanicki.

Called '52 Weeks' the artworks are themed around the 52 weeks of the year, and Shelter teamed up with creative agency Margaret and 20 Hoxton Square Projects to create the exhibition.

Bidding is currently open for the artworks, with the works visible online. The art feature original pieces of photography, street art, sculpture, graphic design and painting to create a diverse collection.

Turner prize-winning Grayson Perry has donated a ceramic house to represent the week the BBC first screened its landmark documentary Cathy Come Home, shortly before Shelter was founded in 1966.

"We're delighted that so many talented people from across the world have come together to support Shelter," said the organisation's chief executive Campbell Robb. "It's a shocking reality that as a result of our housing crisis any one of us could lose their home. This exhibition aims to shine a light on this and raise important funds for Shelter's work to help whoever's next."

The collection will be on display at 20 Hoxton Square Projects in London from Thursday 25 November until Saturday 27 November. Entrance to the exhibit is free. All works are open to bidding.

Graffiti artist Eine said: "I have chosen a week that was a particularly surreal one for me. The Prime Minister gave President Obama one of my artworks and suddenly my name was all over the news. This made me think about how quickly things can change, but not always for the better. Anyone can lose their home and find their life is turned upside down. By being part of this exhibition, I hope to help Shelter raise awareness and money for their work to help those in housing need."

To see the artworks and partake of the online bidding visit:

To find out more about 20 Hoxton Square Projects visit:


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