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A selection of artists have united for an auction supporting safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth, in a timely marking of Pride Month 2023.
Proceeds from the Artists for Pride Impact Auction, presented by Artsy, will benefit New York’s Ali Forney Center (AFC), the largest LGBTQIA+ homeless youth scatter housing site and services organisation. Established and emerging artists contributing to the cause include Didier William, Jordan Nassar, Jo Messer, the Haas Brothers, TM Davy, Kyle Meyer, Kate Pincus-Whitney, Erin M Riley, Emma Kohlmann, Elizabeth Glaessner, Caitlin Cherry, Vickie Vainionpää, Leilah Babiyre and Darryl Westly.
Artists for Pride Impact Auction
Artists explore identity, sexuality and a state of otherness through a mash-up of media such as watercolours, wool tapestries and sculpture. For Ali Forney Center executive director Alexander Roque, the work prompts an auspicious consideration of prevalent themes this Pride Month. ‘Pride Month, and this one in particular, stands for the importance of fighting against transphobia and homophobia,’ he says. ‘The Ali Forney Center’s mission is to fight this injustice and to provide a loving and safe environment for homeless LGBTQ+ youth. Partnerships such as this one with Artsy, help in raising the awareness for AFC and help us provide the needed services to love and care for our youth.’
Proceeds from the sale will go towards AFC’s 24-hour services, supporting its focus on emergency housing, health and education services and counselling. ‘We’re grateful for this opportunity to partner with Artsy and these incredible artists who have joined forces to make the Artists for Pride Impact Auction a reality and a true collaboration representing a powerful celebration of art, diversity, and inclusivity,’ adds Zachary Cohen, director of development, Ali Forney Center. ‘Art has always been a powerful tool to fight injustice. This initiative will have an incredible impact to ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are protected.’
Bidding is open exclusively on Artsy, with lots starting to close on Thursday 29 June at 12 pm EST
Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.
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