Artist STIK to raise money for Southbank Centre free children's programme

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Artist STIK to raise money for Southbank Centre free children's programme
Original, signed artist’s proofs from STIK’s latest print release ‘STAMP’ to be offered in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale on 29 June. © Christie's Images Ltd 2023.

LONDON.- Artist STIK and London’s Southbank Centre are teaming up to raise thousands of pounds to fund free creative events and activities for Imagine Children’s Festival, the UK’s leading arts festival for children 0-11 years. A unique set of six artist’s proofs by STIK will feature in the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale on Thursday 29 June.

Earlier this year STIK hosted STIK STAMP, a nine day series of free workshops, at the Southbank Centre which saw 3,500 children lift one of six life-sized inked rubber stamps - hand-carved by STIK and featuring his minimalist ‘stick man’ figure - onto 100% wove hemp paper. Jumping, stomping and stamping, each child created their own unique version of the monochrome print to take home. To continue the legacy of STAMP and support access to art making, STIK has now donated his original, signed aítist's píoofs fíom his own aíchive to the Southbank Centre so that they can raise funds for their free programme during the Imagine Children’s Festival.

The Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival is a vibrant cross-arts programme featuring over 100 music, storytelling, comedy, dance, and visual arts events plus interactive activities. At the heart of the festival is a series of free activities that make up 50% of the programme, which is open to children from all backgrounds and abilities. To continue to offer extensive high-quality activities for free the Southbank Centre depends on the generosity of private donors and funders. STIK’s contribution will support the festival’s 2024 free programme which reaches thousands of children.

Artist STIK says: “I made these artist’s proof prints during the children’s workshop to capture the chaos and energy of the event. It has been an honour to work with the Southbank Centre and I hope this sale helps provide more free events at next year’s children’s festival.”

Ruth Hardie, Head of Public Programming at the Southbank Centre, says: “Imagine Children’s Festival provides the opportunity each year for 30,000 children and their families to experience free art activities. STIK STAMP was one of the most popular elements of our 2023 festival. Funds raised from Christie’s auction of STIK’s six prints will go towards Imagine’s vital free inclusive programme ensuring every child regardless of their background has a space to play, create art and express themselves.”

The Auction

This is a unique opportunity to purchase the only set of artist’s-proofs, made by the artist during the STAMP event at the Southbank Centre. Signed and numbered by STIK, each print is additionally marked with the studio insignia. The prints were made by stamping on hand-carved life-size rubber stamps, which were later destroyed. These six prints form part of an animation, which along with images of the prints made at the children’s workshop, will be premiered at Glastonbury Festival in June 2023. They will be offered as a framed set with a low estimate of £15,000 at Christie’s in London as part of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale on Thursday 29 June.

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“Christie’s is honoured to be collaborating with STIK and London’s Southbank Centre by offering the artist’s proof set of STAMP as a highlight with our Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale. This magnificent set was created as part of the artist’s most recent interactive project, which focused on engaging children in a free arts initiative. This is a fitting way to commemorate the energy of those who took part and enlivened the project earlier this year, with the Southbank Centre using proceeds to support their ‘Imagine’ Children’s Festival, due to take place in 2024.” James Baskerville, Senior Specialist, Prints and Multiples, Christie’s

STIK Animation ‘STAMP’ to premiere at Glastonbury Festival

A 20 minute animated short film ‘STAMP’ by STIK featuring the prints made by 3500 children who took part in the workshops at the Southbank Centre is to premiere at Glastonbury Festival.

The animation shows one of STIK’s figures dancing and stamping its feet and will be screened alongside a live drum and bass session by seven-year old DJ Archie at the Hive stage on Saturday 24 June from 9pm. DJ Archie was a headline performer at the Imagine Children’s Festival and participated in the STAMP workshop with STIK.

DJ Archie says, “It was great meeting STIK and making some art together. It was really fun jumping up and down on the stamps to put the image to paper. It’s amazing to be involved with the Southbank Centre and sale of STIK’s prints. I hope they make lots of money so that next year’s children’s festival will be better than ever.”

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