Home is where the art is…

by Matthew Seaman on

Homelessness is our number one bugbear here. Without a home you can’t build (or rebuild) a life.
Our efforts began with No Fixed Abode a couple of years ago and at the moment we’re helping Help Bristol’s Homeless.
That’s why we organised Home is Where The Art Is – an auction of contemporary art in aid of Jasper Thompson’s charity.
Bristol enjoys a uniquely diverse culture of music and art and is home to some of the best visual artists working in the UK today. But the city also has one of the highest homeless populations in the country.
We gathered art donated by more than 70 artists from Bristol and sold them by auction on Thursday 31 May 2018 right HERE on Bath Road, and simultaneously live online.
The proceeds, totalling nearly £10k, will fund the creation of homes from used cargo containers. In fact, £10k is the cost of creating one home.
The catalogue included pieces from Massive Attack’s 3D, Inkie Bingle, Tracey Emin, Andy Council, Jim Starr, Emma Caton, and more. BBC Points West’s Paul Baltrop acted as auctioneer for the evening.
Painters are painting, and the homeless need homes, but selling art is just the start.
1 in 170 people in Bristol is homeless. 2,600 in temporary accommodation. 135 slept rough on our city’s streets last night. HBH is challenging homelessness in Bristol one bed at a time, building homes for the homeless by upcycling transport containers and decommissioned vehicles. They need £100,000 to create a South Bristol container village. North Bristol needs the same.
As Jasper said: “A home is a right, not a privilege, and the best way to help homeless people is to give them a secure base to rebuild their lives.”

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