The Thing About Artists crowdfunding campaign.

Today local artists and designers Brennan and Birch from Havering write in the Havering Daily:

Our art book is an incredible opportunity to shout about the amazing talent of local artists in London/Essex, proving to anyone considering getting more involved with the arts that anything is possible. In addition to a community launch and exhibition, we are producing a full-colour book of exciting creatives and giving it away for free to local secondary schools, libraries, project partners and artists. The Thing About Artists features a brilliant mix of mid-career to established artists working in a wide range of urban styles, showing the wonderful creations of 60 artists and delving into their creative talents.

We are crowdfunding on Spacehive platform as part of the Havering Together initiative, and Havering Council have pledged £5,000 towards the project:

Spacehive pledge rewards:

£10+ limited edition Brennan & Burch notebook and postcard

£25+ personal pre-release copy of The Thing About Artists book in Spring 2021

£100+ pre-release book and 2 VIP tickets to meet artists at official launch party

By pledging to this project, it will enable us to carry on work we have started to support local artists. Havering Changing believe in what we are doing and have supported initial stages of the project to create a digital version of the book. We now need to print and distribute the book and carry out the book launch and exhibitions. Our book will help artists and inspire future generations. Brennan & Burch is an indie company and we cannot produce this book without external help. Pledges will help make our local art scene more vibrant by making art more visible.

The Thing About Artists book will be the first of a series of books we are planning to create with local community groups working with care leavers, older people, homeless people and mental health service users. Our second book will feature artwork from looked after children and care leavers in Havering. We will mentor the young people and artists from The Thing About Artists will teach them valuable and diverse new art skills.

Brennan & Burch is a British interiors brand where Lisa Brennan’s fantastical, colourful illustrations and hand-drawn characters decorate wallpapers, rugs and prints. Her strong and thought provoking style is timeless, recognisable and unites everything Brennan & Burch creates. Brennan & Burch co-founders Lisa & Majida have been friends since the 1980s when they met at school in Camden Town and were heavily influenced by street style, rockabillies, punk, casuals and acid house music.

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