An extensive collection of prints by urban art legends will be sold at auction in aid of London based charity The Food Chain, who provide nutritional support for people living with HIV, on Tuesday 27 October. The Food Chain saw a 300% rise in demand for their services since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, rapidly switching their service to emergency food delivery by volunteers and individual support calls to their service users.
The prints on sale include contemporary classics such as What U Looking At? by Eelus, Molotov Man by Obey otherwise known as Shepherd Fairey who designed the iconic Barrack Obama Hope poster, Stars and Stripes by Keith Haring and Riot Police stamps by Jimmy Cauty, many of which are limited edition. A number of Jamie Reid prints will also be up for auction, Reid is widely known for his work on the Sex Pistols’ album Never Mind the Bollocks. This will be an unreserved sale with no estimates and all proceeds will go to The Food Chain.
With advances in medicine most people are living well with HIV. This, however, is not a universal given and the people The Food Chain helps are in crisis due to isolation, stigma, ill health or poverty. The charity provides lunch services, nutritional and cookery classes and other support from their kitchen where people come together to eat, learn and socialise.
As a response to a 300% rise in demand for their services since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, The Food Chain rapidly switched their service to emergency food delivery by volunteers and individual support calls to their service users. The Food Chain is heavily reliant on trusts, foundations and private donations for their funding. Funds raised from this auction will help them continue to deliver their much needed support.