Goldie, Gavin Turk, Jamie Reid, Lauren Baker and Rugman are among the creative geniuses who have generously lent their talents to customise iconic Fender guitars for an upcoming auction to raise money to support people who are homeless.
The Big Art Auction is a collaboration between The Big Issue Group and Creative Giants and is supported by Art Below, and hopes to raise lots of money to support The Big Issue and its network of sellers, struggling to survive during the global pandemic.
Alongside the customised Stratocaster guitars is a range of limited-edition and exclusive artworks including lithographs, paintings, prints and sculpture from the likes of Radiohead's artist of choice Stanley Donwood, Conrad Shawcross, Adam Neate, Gary Stranger, Hayden Kays, and Unskilled Worker as well as a portfolio of limited-edition prints donated by Bridgeman Images from Bill Jacklin, Cathie Pilkington, Eileen Cooper, Paul Huxley, Stephen Farthing, and Vanessa Jackson.
The auction will be a live-streamed event, taking place at 19:00 on Wednesday 4 November at The Auction Collective. The evening will include video messages from some of the artists involved.
The Big Issue is offering increased support for sellers who are unable to get out to their pitches to sell or who are facing increased hardship. The proceeds from the auction will enable the frontline team to keep providing the day to day support that has been so essential in keeping sellers going through this unprecedented time.
Commenting on the event, artist Adam Neate says: "I have a history suffering from psychosis and have been so lucky to have the support of my family and doctors to help me through the hard times. I know how easy it is for someone with mental health problems but without the support to end up on the streets."
Russell Blackman, MD of The Big Issue, adds: "With footfall down in previously busy high streets across the UK, it's very tough out there at the moment for Big Issue sellers. The Big Art Auction, with these truly one-off works of art, will raise urgently-needed funds to ensure we can continue to support our sellers, both now and in the future."
Registration for the upcoming auction closes at midnight on Tuesday 3 November. To sign up and to see the full list of lots, visit theauctioncollective.com. For those of you seeking a more affordable investment, a timed limited-edition release of prints are now available via bigissueshop.com.