Thirty artists have created new work for an exhibition at Somerset House that aims to raise vital funds for charity Help Refugees. Opening today (26 July) and organised by Print Club London, the exhibition includes limited-edition prints by Morag Myerscough, Bob & Roberta Smith, Rob Ryan, Hattie Stewart, Rose Stallard, Luke Edward Hall and even Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding, with each artist riffing on Help Refugees’ “Choose Love” slogan.
Originally coined by fashion designer and activist Katharine Hamnett in the 1980s, “Choose Love” was adopted by the charity as the name for its Christmas-time pop-up stores, which allowed customers to buy much-needed supplies for refugees.
The exhibition is the second organised by Print Club London for Help Refugees. The first, which featured work by Stanley Donwood, Mr Bingo and Sir Anish Kapoor, has raised more than £50,000 to date. The cash has been used for food packs for 1,000 families in Northern Greece, thousands of vital non-food items such as shoes, jackets and hygiene kits, and to fund a Med’EqualiTeam’s clinic in Samon, as well as the Orange House, a residential home for vulnerable women in Athens.
The limited-edition screenprints and hand-finished artworks will be on display at Somerset House until 1 August and a series of talks and workshops will accompany the show.