Homeless youth are a community who were particularly vulnerable during the Covid-19 pandemic, and remain especially vulnerable. Centrepoint is a charity doing exceptionally necessary work – it aims to help homeless youth gain safety off the streets by providing accommodation and support to homeless people aged 16-25. For its 30th anniversary, the youth publication Dazed has partnered with the charity in its Art For Homeless Youth art print sale.
With accessible prices of £100 per print, 100 per cent of profits will be donated to Centrepoint. Art donations have flooded in from all corners of the art world resulting in a diverse line-up from today’s most exciting artists, photographers and multi-disciplinary creatives. Elsa Rouy, a Guts Gallery favourite, provides her unique style featuring slimy and sensual figures in bizarre scenes and soft colour palettes, whilst Anton Gottlob offers his striking and clean photographic work. And even Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Off White and pop culture leader, has work on sale. They join Rankin – co-founder of Dazed – Frank Lebon, Alexandra Leese, and Tish Murtha, and others in support of the charity.
The coronavirus pandemic saw the number of at-risk youth increase – in the year 2019/20, 121,000 young people aged 16-24 approached their local councils because they were homeless or at risk, and 57 per cent received no help. An inability to access digital services they may once have had means that young homeless people have been cut off from any income streams, whilst they face the reality of youth unemployment, at its worst in four decades. Centrepoint is a youth homelessness charity that offers housing, health and employment support for youth in need – it stresses that it has a high success rate in delivering these resources to young people and the print sale only hopes to push this charity’s goals to their full.
Project lead Annabelle Philips says, “Centrepoint reports that the number of homeless young people in the UK has increased by an estimated two-fifths in five years. There hasn’t been a more urgent time to put our efforts together to help in any way we can to raise funds and awareness for the next generation who do not have a home. A big thank you goes out from Dazed to all the amazing artists that have contributed to Art For Homeless Youth.”
You can buy prints until 15 November here.
Rankin: Courtesy of Dazed (Copyright © Rankin, 2021)
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Dalia is a freelance writer, producer and editor based in London. She’s currently the digital editor of Azeema, and the editor-in-chief of The Road to Nowhere Magazine. Previously, she was news writer at It’s Nice That, after graduating in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh.