Over 50 artists are showing their artworks in a new exhibition starting today at the homeless charity Crisis's Bermondsey Project Space, London. It coincides with shocking news of a 23% rise in official figures for rough sleeping indicating the tip of a deep and growing homelessness problem throughout the UK.
The 'Art in Crisis' exhibition showcases art created by talented Crisis Skylight members - people that have been affected by homelessness, and artists campaigning to raise awareness of issues connected to homelessness.
For the first time this special exhibition brings together a wide range of original artworks including paintings, photographs, puppets, and sculptures. Most of the works are for sale and all proceeds go directly to the artist.
I have 26 photographic images on display taken from my VAA Project, shown recently for the 'Collective Exchange' exhibition at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Some of the images appear below, they feature architectural landmarks around London's Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs, and the London Eye. For many people, these iconic structures represent the boundaries of an impenetrable alien world they find themselves within but not really a part of - the inescapable intangible.
Also, long-term Crisis volunteer and photographer Mark Burton is showing a selection of large scale photographic portraits. Mark was given permission to photograph 'Guests and Volunteers' inside the Crisis Rough Sleepers’ Centre in London, which operates over the Christmas period.
Along with all the artists involved I'd like to thank the following people for their hard work in making this exhibition flow:
Crisis Creative Arts Manager - Paula Lonergan
Art Technician & Web Developer - Taidgh Corcoran
Exhibition Designer - Richard Knowles Mortar&Pestle Studio
Situated on the ground floor, the spacious warehouse gallery provides multiple exhibit spaces, a seating area and essential public amenities. There is a flight of stairs leading up to the main entrance. The multi-disciplinary exhibition runs from 24 Feb - 4 Mar, 2012. Admission is free.
Open Thursdays to Sundays 1 - 6pm or by appointment. Telephone: 020 7036 241
Venue: Bermondsey Project Space Unit 7, 46 Willow Walk, Bermondsey, SE1 5SF, London
Bermondsey Project Space (Facebook) - includes map.
Campaign to Help the Homeless
If you would like to help people affected by homelessness Crisis offers a variety of ways to do it. You can join artists like Ed Sheeran and show your support for the current Crisis campaign 'No One Turned Away' by signing the simple online petition. Every signature makes a difference.