Michelle Wilson, London-based artist, researcher, and mother, is demonstrating that art and activism can go hand-in-hand.
The first art competition at 100 Kellogg Lane, hosted by Courtyard Events, titled the Art Comp, brings together talent from around the globe. Michelle hopes that her participation in the event can be used to promote community improvement through support of Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Atlohsa Family Healing Services.
“My artwork, Wallow, emerged from years of observing and researching bison. One of the many lessons these matriarchal beings offer us is that individuals thrive when encircled and protected by one another, with none left behind. In this spirit, I would like to announce that should Wallow win one of the $100,000 prizes, I will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Atlohsa Family Healing Services and Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness.”
Both Unity Project and Atlohsa have been on the frontlines when it comes to providing services to people and families experiencing hardships, including homelessness. Michelle’s pledge was made at a crucial moment: poverty and homelessness continues to grow in our community. London has been in a crisis even before the pandemic, now escalated through rising rents, evictions and renovictions, and increased cost of living – with stagnant social assistance rates punishing the poorest.
We are so thankful for Michelle thinking about Atlohsa and about our agency and wish her all the best with her installation.
There is lots of great art in the show including from local area artists including some who have participated in UPwithART! Check it out, vote for your favourites and enjoy the creative energy surrounding an event stocked full of passion and talent.
For more information on the event, click here.