50 artists, photographers and illustrators have designed T-shirts for Everpress to raise money for Justice4Grenfell. The community-led organisation J4G campaigns for justice for the bereaved families, survivors and evacuated residents affected when the Grenfell tower block in Notting Hill caught fire in June 2017. As well as this support, it aims to keep the tragedy in the public consciousness to secure significant changes to housing safety and wider inequality.
Magazines Contra Journal, Caricom and Gal-dem, illustrator Jean Jullien, musicians Jai Paul and Moses Boyd, and photographer Vicky Grout are among the 50 creatives that have created artwork for the limited-edition T-shirts. Each motif was inspired by the theme visibility.
Justice4Grenfell’s Nour-eddine, Moyra and Yvette say in a statement: “Visibility is important, it reflects the aims of the J4G campaign; to keep the injustices relating to Grenfell in the public domain… Wearing a T-shirt is a way of visibly demonstrating solidarity and support for those individuals and communities who are fighting for justice, and challenging others to think on this too.”
The T-shirts go on sale today (29 August) and a one-day exhibition of the work is due to open at London’s Protein Studios on 26 September. The fundraiser is part of Everpress’ annual 50/50 campaign, which raises money for important causes.
Michael Wilkin, Everpress head of marketing and the curator of this year’s collection, says: “We’re not the first to understand that T-shirts are the perfect platform for spreading a message, but having seen our 50/50 tees walking around the streets of London for years now, we’ve fallen in love with the idea that their messages remain visible. The 50/50 campaign, and the T-shirts sold throughout it, are a great way to keep social injustices on the radar for longer than the contemporary news cycle generally allows for.”