Fifty two of the world’s leading artists and designers including Sir Peter Blake, Grayson Perry and our own Sir Terence Conran have been brought together to create an exclusive exhibition and online auction for the charity Shelter.
The show is called “52 weeks” and aims to highlight Britain’s housing crisis and comprises art work inspired by weeks of the year featuring original pieces of photography, street art, sculpture, graphic design and painting.
Terence was given “first dibs” on which week he would like to illustrate so he chose the first week of Spring and produced this charming sketch below, called “Summer’s Coming Soon”.
With the arctic winds blowing along Shad Thames this morning that felt like some kind of joke.
What isn’t a joke is the serious message behind the exhibition which aims to raise awareness of the thousands of families struggling to keep a roof over their head.
It follows on from the success of Shelter’s House of Cards exhibition in September 2009, which raised over £100,000 and also featured a sketch by Terence.
Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted that so many talented people from across the world have come together to support Shelter”
“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.”
All artworks will be available to view and bid for online at www.shelter.org.uk/52weeks with auctions closing next week.
In addition, the collection will be on display at 20 Hoxton Square Projects in London from Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 November.
Entrance to the excellent exhibition is free, and members of the public can also place silent bids on a selection of the artworks at the show.
With a feeling of one of Terence’s beautiful illustrations for the iconic Midwinter range this sketch is surely a collector’s item….so get bidding!