Next week, the work of a 140 artists from all over the world will be on exhibit at the Hamilton House exhibition space in Bristol. At first glance, the pieces on display might appear like a somewhat random selection – a mixture of dark graphic art, quirky illustration, oils on canvas, even embroidery. But on closer inspection, every piece of art has somewhere in it a white dove.
This exhibition was conceived by curator Paul Roberts, who wanted to use his skills in some way to help with the crisis in Syria and the Middle East. He got in touch with artists he already new or discovered on Instagram, asking them to create one small piece of art each. They could use any medium and style they liked, as long as their work featured the winged symbol of peace.
The response, he says, was overwhelming – with artists from as far as South Korea, Canada and New Zealand agreeing to participate. Some of the well-known names include multi-disciplinary Dutch street artist Eelco Van Den Berg, German illustrator Cone the Weird, Julieta XLF from Spain, Ekundayo and figurative painter Sean Mahan.
All pieces on sale are under A4 size, and will be sold for just £50 each. “The idea being that people wouldn’t just be buying pieces of art for the names involved but because they have seen something that they love and they can afford it straight away,” Roberts explains. 50% of the proceeds will go to partnering charities – War Child and Veterans for Peace.
F.l.ight will be on view at Hamilton House exhibition space, Bristol from 14th to 27th June. Any work not sold will be made available online after the exhibition, to continue the fundraising effort.