Celeb face masks to support artists & museums

Leading artists David Shrigley, Yinka Shonibare, Linder and Eddie Peake have designed limited edition facemasks to raise funds for artists and museums badly hit by the Covid-19 lockdown.

David Shrigley, whose mask of wavy lines (below) includes the word “emotion” hidden in it, said: “My design perhaps acknowledges that our emotions are more difficult to see when we wear a mask. The fund will provide incredible support to emerging artists at a time when the art world entirely ground to a halt, but also the technicians, the assistants, the small galleries that do so much to support younger artists in turn”.

Main image: Yinka Shonibare. Below, David Shrigley

The initiative comes from the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) backed by Frieze London and the target is to raise an extra £20,000 by June 10 to add to £100,000 already raised by the CAS Rapid Response Fund.

Above, Linder

A £35 donation will buy will receive a limited-edition facemask designed by one of the four,  £120 will buy a pack of all four, but the crowdfunding campaign will only be live for three weeks , until Wednesday 10 June https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rapidresponsefund.

Above, Eddie Peake

CAS director Caroline Douglas said the fund is designed to support as many different artists and local museums as possible – closed until July 4 at the earliest but expected to be crucial to communities’ recovery -  purchasing artworks by British-based artists, providing financial support to artists, technicians and art handlers, many of whom work on a freelance basis and have seen their income streams decimated over recent weeks. “The CAS has always been one of the most important investors at grassroots level in the arts ecosystem: supporting artists, galleries and museums through smart and timely purchases” she said. “That support is of critical importance right now, injecting investment directly where it is needed whilst helping museums become more active centres of our communities as we slowly recover from this period of lockdown. Thanks to the partnership with Frieze London we are able to reach art lovers and collectors across the world who are as keen to assist artists and museums as we are”.

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