ABOUT THE UNITY ART PROJECT
Raising funds for people in crisis - 17-23rd May 2021
The Unity Art Project was set up by artist and teacher, Lucy Chapman. She was inspired to set up the project in support of Trussell Trust Food Banks after seeing the level of financial crisis and need amongst young people in the colleges she works at dramatically increase as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The starting point for the project is a limited edition screen print of a lyric from the song Unity by James Brown and Afrikaa Bambaataa. Lucy created the print in 2016 in response to the political polarisation following the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Trump in the USA. After finding the print again during the first lockdown in 2020, she thought it would be fun to ask other artists to respond to it:
"How does this sentiment resonate now in light of the pandemic? Is it more essential than ever, or idealistic nonsense? Will artists work with the sentiment or work against it - keep the meaning, or change it?"
The brief for the project is totally open - artists are invited to respond in anyway they like.
The results will be auctioned online to raise funds for The Trussell Trust with our partners Givergy. GowithYamo will be hosting a virtual exhibition to accompany the auction.
The exhibition and auction will run 17th - 23rd May 2021.
Register to bid at our auction here!