It’s with great pleasure to announce that for a second year running we will be hosting a charity urban art auction to tackle homelessness and together with your help we will be able to make a difference.
For this year’s specially curated charity auction, street artists My Dog Sighs (UK), Pichi&Avo (ES), JPS (UK), Bisser (BE), Hunto (IT), Joachim (BE), Pahnl (UK), Nils Westergard (US), 3F (UK) and NME (UK) have all kindly contributed works of art.
The artworks will be auctioned off via GraffitStreet‘s brand new online auction platform, with all proceeds going to London Charity Streets of London (registered charity number 1155242).
You can start bidding on the auction today, 14th August 2016, at 15:00 EST – 20:00 GMT – 21:00 CET
The auction will last for one week and will end on Sunday the 21st August at 15:00 EST – 20:00 GMT – 21:00 CET
Streets of London Homelessness Charity funds specialist support for people who are homeless in London, and raises awareness about homelessness. Streets of London aims to shift perceptions and challenge some of the stereotypes about who homeless people are, and to increase general understanding about the issue and what can be done to tackle it.
- 8,000 people sleep rough on the streets of London every year. They come from every walk of life, and many of them want to find work. (CHAIN Annual Report, Street to Home, April 1 2015 – March 31, 2016).
- Sleeping rough has serious consequences. On average, homeless people die at just 47 years old, compared to 81 years for the average UK citizen. A homeless rough sleeper is 35 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person.
- Two thirds of rough sleepers surveyed said they had been insulted by a member of the public, and one in ten said that they had been urinated on. We need to change attitudes towards homeless people – they have a right to be treated with the same respect as anyone else.
- The streets are a dangerous place to be – homeless people are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the general public, and 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft.
“GraffitiStreet welcomes and supports artists on the streets painting public art for all, an open air museum with art on every corner for us all to enjoy… but we must also be mindful and support others less fortunate than us who also use the streets as their home, a cold and often unsafe place to sleep.” The GraffitiStreet Team
In October 2014, GraffitiStreet teamed up with Streets of London to present a charity auction featuring exclusive urban artwork which was donated by leading graffiti and street artists; My Dog Sighs, Dot Dot Dot, Pichi&Avo, Nils Westergard, Bisser, Hunto and La Staa, organised for the GraffitiStreet Launch in London. All proceeds raised from the auction helped to raise money for Streets of London charitable work, funding specialist support for people who are homeless in the capital.
GraffitiStreet continued supporting Streets of London at the ‘Underground‘ Urban Groupshow, London. Street artists in attendance were each given a blank canvas on the night to create unique artworks especially for ‘Streets of London’ to raise money for their work.
The online GraffitiStreet Auction will feature five unique and original pieces of artwork, painted by Bisser, Pichi&Avo, My Dog Sighs, Hunto & Pichi&Avo collab, Pahnl and Joachim.
Other artworks to be included in the charity auction include GraffitiStreets rare Limited edition prints JPS ‘Big Deal’ AP Blue, AP Pink and AP Green, Nils Westergard ‘Kaleidoscoped’ AP, 3F ‘XO’ AP Pink and NME ‘The Sky’s the Limit’ Silver.
The specially curated charity urban art auction will be held online on GraffitiStreet.com’s brand new auction platform and starts on Sunday 14th August 2016 at 20:00 (GMT) and finishes exactly one week later on Sunday 21st August 2016 at 20:00 (GMT).
To place bids and receive bidding notifications you must first register to bid. Opening bids start at just £0.99 and with no reserve price!
Please consider lending your support to Streets of London by making a bid today, so that this awesome charity can continue to fund some amazing projects that will help London’s homeless, also bagging yourself some unique urban art in the process.
“With the right support, people who have experienced homelessness can turn their lives around. The issues they face are often complex, but attention to their individual situations and needs can make all the difference in helping them move off the streets and move on with their lives. It’s vital that they are able to access specialist services. Streets of London aims to ensure that those services have they funding they need to be there in the time of crisis, so that homeless people have the support they need to get back on their feet and leave the streets behind for good” Streets of London
Donna, co-founder of GraffitiStreet sat down and chatted to Ian Fothringham, Charity Founder, about the hard work ‘Streets of London’ does to raise money and awareness for homelessness in London and where the money goes… Read the full interview here.
If you’d like to support Streets of London’s work helping London’s homeless, please place a bid on our ‘Streets of London Charity Auction’ here, and bid with confidence that ALL of your money goes to tackling London’s homelessness.