Generous street artist Stik has agreed to authenticate and approve the sale of a street art piece he once painted on the front of the Magpie Social Centre in Stokes Croft, Bristol. This piece appeared in 2009 on the front wall of the not-for-profit social centre which had to leave their premises earlier this year and is currently looking for a new location. Stik has agreed to authenticate the wooden panel so that 100% of the proceeds can fund the relocation of the social centre.
“The Magpie Social Centre was one of the free spaces that actively encouraged street art and helped me to become the artist I am today. I don’t generally approve of the sale of street pieces but here I will make an exception. It gives me great pleasure to authenticate this piece so that Magpie can continue to support the next generation of artists.” Stik
Stik ONLY authenticates street pieces when 100% of the money goes back to the community. The artist was approached by the community centre earlier this year and helped set up the sale with London auction house Phillips. The piece titled ‘Magpie’ has been preserved, framed and logged and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
This is not the first time Stik has authenticated his street pieces to help the community where they were painted. In 2012 Stik auctioned off two street pieces, ‘Children of Fire’ which was painted on a metal garage door on Pogo Café, Clarence Road, Hackney, London. This was painted in response to the Hackney Riots. 100% of money raised went to Pogo Café and Social Centre, a non-profit, volunteer-run vegan café and social centre.
Another piece was titled ‘Seen’ and was painted on a metal satellite dish in Hackney, London. This was painted in response to hugely increased surveillance in the Hackney area. Originally mounted near to Clapton Police Station, Hackney. 100% of money raised for Groundwork, a local youth charity.
Private sales are NOT authenticated under any circumstances. This fundraising system has been set up to counteract the removal and unauthenticated trade in street artworks.
With Stik’s artwork in high demand we have seen his artwork prices going through the auction house roof! We are confident that this original street piece will gather a lot of interest and raise a lot of money for Magpie to relocate. Good on ya Stik…
Photo credit Stik