Molu Designs, Studio Build and Hyro are the latest names to create artworks for In Good Company's Posters for the People, a charity campaign to thank key workers who have helped keep the country running during the pandemic.
As we emerge from lockdown, the Leeds-based street art initiative is taking over billboards at 150 sites across the city one last time, to reflect on the impact of coronavirus and how we might move forward as a society.
Since the campaign's launch in April, we've seen pieces by Morag Myerscough, Rebecca Strickson Illustration, Anthony Burrill, FYI, Luke Tonge, Craig Black and Risotto Studio. So far, over £8,000 has been raised for the artists' chosen charities, which include NHS Charities Together, St Luke's Hospice, and The Trussell Trust.
"As life returns to a new normal, we're introducing more artists to our family to bring more colour, joy and fun to the streets," says Laura Wellington, founder of In Good Company. "The three new artworks reflect some of what we've been through and continue to face as a society. At times, it has felt like the end of the world, but hopefully, we're going to emergy more thankful, better educated and as better human beings. We wanted to use this last update of the billboards to spark positive thoughts and conversations."
The first of the three billboards features Unity by London-based creative studio Molu Designs. A specialist in lettering, sign-painting and typographic installations, Molu wanted to bring a message of community and a reminder to be kind and work together through times of adversity.
Elsewhere, Studio Build has reworked its Conversations Make Rainbows artwork in collaboration with Asbury & Asbury to reflect Pride, saying "Every single LGBTQI+ person's life is important – Pride is not for a day, a month - it is life."
While street artist Hyro has taken inspiration from his new body of work, Her Story, which portrays women of colour as "powerful and vibrant beings" in digitally manipulated pieces. Titled RBG, the piece features red, black and green to create a bold palette inspired by Dead Prez's Revolutionary but Gangsta album.
To find out more about In Good Company, visit ingoodcompanyleeds.com.