Create Your Own Tomorrow: Street artist NME helps young homeless teens

NME – known at home as Nigel Extance – has created two exclusive pieces of art in support of youth homelessness charity The Amber Foundatiion

A Devon-based street artist has created two unique pieces of art for youth homelessness charity, The Amber Foundation.

Nigel Extance, better known as NME, donated the two pieces – ‘Create Your Own Tomorrow’ and ‘The Future Starts Here’ – to the charity, which helps homeless and marginalised young people through its three residential centres.

Artist NME pictured with work

The gesture was sparked by a visit to one of the foundation’s centres. Both pieces represent a key moment in the young resident’s journeys as they begin to take back control of their life through the programme, which builds on their skills, and self-confidence through training and support, enabling them to move on to further education, employment and ultimately, independence.

The completed works were created in NME’s studio in Teignmouth, and will be presented to the residents later this month during an interactive workshop, which will see residents and the artist himself produce a collaborative piece of art for the residential centre’s dining room.

Behind the scenes look at 'CREATE YOUR OWN TOMORROW'.

Nme – CREATE YOUR OWN TOMORROW.Every year around 83,000 young people experience homelessness and more than 150,000 seek help. Young people become homeless for many reasons – family breakdown, drug and alcohol problems, leaving care, losing a job – and once homeless, it can be very difficult to find work, secure accommodation and get back on your feet.Create your own tomorrow is being donated along with another painting, to the Amber Foundation charity, helping the young homeless. There will be a small, signed, limited edition print run of 10 ‘Create Your Own Tomorrow’ which will be released by The Amber Foundation. All proceeds will go towards supporting the work of the charity.Both original artworks are being donated to Amber and there will be a small, signed, limited edition print run of ‘Create Your Own Tomorrow’ which will be released by The Amber Foundation. All proceeds will go towards supporting the work of the charity.https://amberweb.org/https://www.facebook.com/AmberFoundation/Video credit to Duff Standard. #nme #artist #art #streetart #charity #painting

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“I am really looking forward to working with the residents and am hoping to teach them a few of the techniques that I use in my art,” NME said. ” I’m delighted to be able to lend support to such a great and progressive charity and I hope that both paintings will inspire Amber residents to dream big, take back control and turn their lives around.”

Create Your Own Tomorrow, by NME

A small, signed print run of the pieces will be released by The Amber Foundation, with proceeds going towards supporting the work of the charity.

Kim Whittle, Centre Manager of Amber’s Ashley Court said: “We are so lucky and delighted to be able to work with such an inspirational young artist. He [NME] got on so well with the residents when he visited, listened to what they had to say and then created these two fantastic pieces.

The Future Starts Here, by NME

“We are really looking forward to welcoming him back to Ashley Court, he is an excellent role model and it is so good of him to give up his time to create these paintings and to teach residents. The kind donation of the limited edition prints will really support us to raise funds, support and our profile.”