COMING UP: The Crisis Commission 2014

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Following the exhibition’s success at The Bermondsey Project, (until May 24th), The Strand Gallery is delighted to announce its forthcoming major exhibition ‘Home’ – The Crisis Commission, featuring the works of celebrated contemporary artists in support of one the UK’s leading homeless charities, Crisis.

Curated by Laurence Sillars, the chief curator at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts, the unmissable show features 18 renowned artists including Martin Creed, Mark Wallinger, Gavin Turk, Bill Woodrow, George Shaw and Richard Long. The exhibition showcases an eclectic mixture of film, painting and illustration alongside works created by people from across the UK who are clients of Crisis and have experienced homelessness themselves.

Together, the works offer a unique combined reflection on the theme ‘Home’, with exhibiting Turner Prize winner Martin Creed stating: “Because art can be anything, you don’t know what it is… A work of art is not a definable thing. Life and work is a desperate attempt to try to come to terms with this stuff that comes out of you…the things you find yourself doing almost not within your control”.

Crisis is the national charity for the single homeless, and provides invaluable support by helping to rebuild people’s lives through housing, health, education and employment services. They work with thousands of homeless people across the UK, and just last year they awarded 2,108 qualifications, supported 376 people into work and found homes for a further 3,000.

Following the exhibition, the featured works will be placed on auction at the renowned Christie’s on the 1st July. All proceeds will go to Crisis, enabling them to fund more life changing projects to fight against homelessness in the UK. Last year’s auction saw a fantastic £340,000  raised, with the help of their lead sponsor GlaxoSmithKline.

The Crisis Commission is an extraordinary must-see for 2014, with curator Laurence Sillars stating: “The Crisis Commission gives contemporary artists of the very highest calibre the scope to create incredibly ambitious works. With such an array of talent contributing to the theme of ‘Home’, the exhibition promises to be spectacular”.

The exhibition takes place at The Strand Gallery from 30th May until 8th June, and is not one to miss!

 

 

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