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International artists raise money for the homeless with scrapped bus panels 

Internationally renowned urban artists have painted scrap bus panels to raise money for homeless and underprivileged people across London.

One of the artworks. Artis: Zhu Chen-Wei

Artists from around the world have joined forces to raise money for London’s homeless and vulnerable by opening an exhibition of artworks on bus panels. 

Social enterprise 4BYSIX, an “art for good” community interest company, has curated the exhibition of new works in central London over the weekend of April 1 and 2. The pieces will be sold at an auction to raise money for the organisation’s ongoing projects helping people experiencing homelessness and underprivileged people across the capital, with sale price varying from £500 to £15,000 a piece.  

Milo Philips, one of the founders said: “We wanted to get involved and help people…we wanted to collaborate with artists and make sure everyone benefits from the project.” 

The exhibition features 26 internationally renowned artists including Richie Culver, Eva Beresin, Lil Kool and Yu Nagaba. 4BYSIX personally reclaimed panels and parts from “bus graveyards” and gave the artists creative autonomy,. gaining responses in a range of assorted styles from portrait and impressionist to etched and minimal.  

Reclaimed panels to be used as canvas’ for artists.
A “bus graveyard” where 4BYSIX salvaged panels.

Phillips told The Big Issue: “It started off with very random bus parts like mirrors, and windscreens but then we realised that thin aluminium cut into panels is the best canvas, so we’ve stuck with it ever since.” 
 
The auction of the works ends on April 7, and proceeds will be donated to 4BYSIX’s ongoing charitable initiatives such as 4BYSIX FC, a football club for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, initiating a handout of sleeping bags, knitted hats and gloves and 4BYSIX Pizza Kitchens which deliver pizzas to deprived people. 

The founders of 4BYSIX: Milo Phillips and Alex Dawber.

4BYSIX handouts, donating essential items such as sleeping bags, knitted hats and clothing, and 4BYSIX Pizza Kitchens in London). The founders expressed a keen interest in expanding their projects with an aim to one day open a hostel.  

“We were designing a lot of products like T-shirts, and then we spoke about sleeping bags very briefly and then we made a project happen where it was going to pay for 500 sleeping bags for homeless people. We did that and then we got a feel for it, and thought ‘how can we take this to the next level and help more people?’ 

Dawber and Philips said the name was inspired by the ‘4’ standing for ‘for everyone involved’ and the ‘six’ to refer to the six degrees of separation to emphasise how we are all connected. 

The exhibition is called BREAK IN EMERGENCY 3 and are opening their doors on 1-2 April on 125 Bond Street, London.  

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