Stik art auction to benefit Hackney youth charity
World famous street artist Stik has announced that a Hackney youth programme is set to benefit from the sale of his unique artwork made to celebrate Pride. The banner is set to be sold at Internationally renowned art auction house Christie’s and could sell for tens of thousands of pounds.
All of the proceeds from the sale of the Hackney Pride banner, which was created to represent the borough at the London Pride parade last year, will go to Project Indigo, which supports LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) young people.
Young LGBTQI+ people in Hackney face a much higher risk of homelessness, social isolation, familial rejection, bullying, substance misuse and stigma related mental health problems than their non LGBTQ+ counterparts. This project aims to change attitudes, strengthen community cohesion and help young people overcome challenges through confidence building and skills training.
The funds from the sale will be used to train young people to support and curate an exhibition of Hackney’s rich and diverse LGBTQI+ heritage. The exhibition will be displayed in Hackney Museum during LGBT History Month 2018. Hard copies of the archive created will be distributed to all local schools and will be permanently available online as a public resource. As a result, thousands of people will better understand Hackney’s LGBTQI+ legacy, empowering people both locally and globally.
Stik, who lives in Hackney, said: “Hackney’s radical LGBTQI+ community has been fundamental in creating the freedoms we enjoy today. This exhibition will shine a light on events past and present in the ongoing battle for recognition. For the first time our legacy will be officially recognised in a definitive archive to be immortalised and available to the public, empowering people around the world for generations to come."
Stik is well known for his socially conscious murals, including Sleeping Baby at Homerton hospital. Sales of prints of the work have so far raised over £75,000 for the hospital’s charity, Homerton Hope.
The Stik Hackney Pride banner is a powerful image that celebrates love and diversity. We are very lucky that money raised from this sale will not only fund support for LGBTQI+ young people in the borough, but will celebrate Hackney’s LGBTQI+ history and create a legacy that can be used by generations to come.
Christie’s art auction house will manage the online auction between 4-13 April. The banner will also be on display from 31 March at Christie’s King St premises. To take part in the auction, or to find out more about the Stik Hackney Pride Banner display at Christie’s visit: www.christies.com.