Top British Artists Donate To 2012 Shelter Auction


UP My Street offers Chapman Bros, Antony Gormley, Patrick Hughes and Grayson Perry

Up My Street brings together 40 celebrated artists, photographers and sculptors. The auction theme has invited the artists to depict a street they have an emotional connection to.This brief can take on an objective, figurative or conceptual approach. The featured artists include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Eine, Antony Gormley (see photo) , Patrick Hughes and Grayson Perry. Every item from Up My Street will be sold through the auction process with all proceeds going to Shelter’s vital work to support those who are homeless or in desperate housing need.

The Up My Street exhibition will take place at The Coningsby Gallery in London from Monday 5 to Thursday 8 March 2012. It is open to the general public and entry is free. Up My Street follows on from Shelter’s widely acclaimed exhibitions, House of Cards and 52 Weeks. With no restrictions on creativity, it promises to host a fascinating array of work from a wide range of well known and emerging artists.

More than four decades of constant lobbying have pressured government  into making some key changes to policy and legislation, and helter has  celebrated some landmark achievements Tenancy Deposit Scheme in England. There has also been the groundbreaking commitment in Scotland that by 2012, every homeless person will have the right to a home.Today there is a seemingly unbridgeable gulf between the housing haves and have-nots. Housing is now the key factor determining a person’s health, wellbeing, and prospects in life.

Shelter was founded in England in 1966 by the Reverend Bruce Kenrick, who was horrified by the state of the tenements round his Notting Hill parish.  The setting up of the organisation in Scotland followed in 1968.
Kenrick had formed the Notting Hill Housing Trust three years earlier to provide decent, affordable houses to rent in the area. Because of Right to Buy and a lack of new building, 1.8 million households in England languish on council waiting lists, and the numbers stuck in temporary accommodation have soared. If you can’t afford to buy, and can’t get a council house, renting privately may be your only option. But this is often unaffordable to people on low incomes.The slums of the 1960s are gone, but the housing crisis still exists. Shelter has achieved great things in its history, but our work won’t stop until everyone in Britain can access a decent, affordable home.

The free art exhibition will be held in London’s West End between March 5 and 8. To view the selected artwork early or put in a bid, Click Here

Photo: ‘Super Ego’ 2010 by Antony Gormley
Carbon, casein and Tipex on paper – 28 x 18 cm


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