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    Art Decko – Bradford on Avon Skate Park Fundraiser Auction

    Some of the UK’s finest street artists have chipped in their time and materials to help raise money for a new skatepark in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire.Legends such as Will Barras, Mr Jago, China Mike and Inkie have joined forces with a team of fresh illustrators and artists like Matt Richards, Ben Allen, Olly Howe, Saki & Bitches, Peter Burke, Victoria Topping and Callum Eaton to donate artwork – mostly decorated skate decks – for an online auction via GalaBid. The bidding ends at midnight on Sunday, September 19.The campaign was started by local resident Carl Jones, whose skater son, Idris, went to the Town Council to ask for a new skatepark, after the old ramps were demolished with no plans to replace. The new skatepark will be on the same site as the old ramps and will form part of a redevelopment of the whole Poulton Park site. The auction aims to bring the organisers closer to their target of building the new skatepark that Bradford on Avon deserves.To view the artworks, place bids or donate to the cause, visit the GalaBid site – the BoA Skatepark journey here: courtesy of the artists and More

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    Art Advancing Justice: A Chicago-Based Artwork and Book Sale Raises Money to Build Racial Equity



    May 3, 2021
    Grace Ebert

    Terry Evans, “Lake Michigan Morning. Lakefront on north side of Chicago. July 23, 2003,” archival inkjet print on Hahnamuhle paper, paper size 13 x 15 inches, image size 12 x 12 inches. All images courtesy of CAAU
    Following a horrifying number of anti-Asian hate crimes in recent months, a group of artists and activists in Chicago have teamed up for an ongoing fundraiser, Art Advancing Justice. The artwork and book sale is organized by  Chicago API Artists United (CAAU) and launched last week with a wave of support—many of the pieces sold within the first day—with proceeds going toward Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago, an organization that’s been hosting bystander training and other advocacy and civic engagement endeavors as a way to build racial equity.
    CAAU director and co-founder Greg Bae tells Colossal that the fundraiser and broader organization grew organically from a network of artists and art writers who had been in conversation prior to uniting formally. “We’ve long been affected by anti-Asian sentiment, both the recent spike, its consistent regularity throughout our lives, and historically—but after the Atlanta shootings some of us got together and decided to mobilize our collective art networks and practices to try to make a direct impact,” he says.
    Drawing on the experiences of its sibling organization Chicago Art for Black Futures, CAAU solicited  137 donations from 79 contributors, an unexpected outpouring of support that Bae says quickly raised the fundraising goal from $5,000 to $15,000. “Chicago art communities responded with a lot of love. Our friends and allies, too, are very sick and tired of hate and were happy to support us,” he shares.
    Art Advancing Justice coincides with Asian Pacific American Heritage month and runs through May 22. Shop available pieces on the CAAU site, and follow the organization on Instagram to stay up-to-date with its efforts, which include plans to partner again with Asian Americans Advancing Justice Chicago and other activist projects focused on building anti-racist communities.

    Ali Aschman, “Locus” (2020), graphite on paper, 16.5 x 23 inches
    Kimberly Kim, “Red Bottoms” (2021), glazed stoneware, two objects, each 3 x 5 x 5 inches
    Ellen Rothenberg, “SHE IS DEFIANT!” (2008), signed silkscreen poster with a personal dedication, 18 x 24 inches
    Hana Jiang, “A Fishy Girl” (2019), woodcut print on rice paper, 11 x 14 inches
    Megan R. Diddie, “Time Moves” (2017), colored pencil on paper, 8 x 11 inches
    Hương Ngô, “We are here because you were there. Chúng tôi ở đây vì quí vị đã ở đó. Nous sommes ici parce que vous étiez là-bas” (2016-2017), hectograph, 24 x 19 inches


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    Roland Henry is an international writer, curator and contemporary urban art specialist. Previously the Managing Editor of the independent arts magazine, Very Nearly Almost (VNA), he has developed close, personal relationships with artists, gallerists, and creatives worldwide and currently provides content for The Guardian US as well as numerous other publications.Roland is now based in Melbourne, Australia, where he heads up art agency, Studio Supply, in partnership with the former creative director of VNA, Greg Beer. The agency supplies curatorial and PR consultation services to a worldwide network of brands, artists, and creative professionals. More