Our House @ Shelter

Emma Block on an exciting artistic collaboration – all in the name of charity

A few months ago I was asked by Amelia Gregory to take part in a very exciting project for a very worthwhile cause. Every year the homeless charity Shelter holds an exhibition and auction of artwork to raise money. The previous theme was House of Cards and artists such as Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and a lot of Amelia’s illustrators supported it.

This year the theme was Up My Street, and I was asked to help illustrate a house along with Lesley Barnes, Thereza Rowe, Natsuki Otani, Yelena Bryksenkova and Antonia Parker.

Our House was on show along with works by Grayson Perry, Tim Walker, Jack Vetriano and Antony Gormley at the Coningsby Gallery from Monday the 6th to Thursday the 8th of March.

Our House

I had the honour of attending the private view with collaborator Antonia Parker and Amelia’s Magazine illustrator Faye West. It was incredible a) to see our work printed so large and so beautifully (thank you to Ripe Digital) and b) to see it exhibited along with some huge names in the art world.

We had a lovely time looking all the artwork, and enjoying the nibbles and wine. Most works were in the silent auction, like ours, but some of them were auctioned live, which was fun. Although I learned that saying ‘If this was Bargain Hunt, that would have made a loss’ shortly after a painting went for under the estimate wasn’t really appropriate.

We got to meet the lady who bought Our House; she says she’s going to hang it in her living room above her fireplace.


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