Sheffield’s thriving art scene is becoming renowned for its collective work to raise funds for good causes. In the summer of 2016, the Herd of Sheffield stomped into town and raised over £400,000 for The Children’s Hospital Charity and this summer, Sheff’s creative folk will once again be utilizing their talents to raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness and raise money for youth homelessness charity, Roundabout.
Goo Design’s Matt Cockayne was behind the initial idea that blossomed into Bangers and Cash. The project will see twenty three artists each decorate a car bonnet and the finished artworks will be suspended from the wooden beams of the Winter Garden. Artists involved in the project include James Croft, Lisa Maltby and Neil Carribine, as well as former featured artists in Now Then such as Kate Morgan, Rob Lee and Jo Peel. Each artist has been paired with a local business which has bought a car worth less than £650, and in September twenty three teams will drive in an ‘art roadshow banger rally’ from Sheffield to Monte Carlo.
The Bangers and Cash car bonnet exhibition will be on throughout August, during which time any individuals or businesses who’d like to bid on the artworks, can do so online. A selection of the bonnets will also be kept for a special live auction night dinner to take place on Saturday 20 October, details of which will be released soon.
Ben Keegan, Roundabout CEO, said: “The exhibition means so much to us. Every day we are seeing increasing numbers of young people facing this issue and our drop-in advice service, near the Winter Garden at 22 Union Street, relies on generous donations from businesses and the public. By supporting Bangers and Cash the people of Sheffield can help us prevent young people sleeping on our streets and we want to extend a huge thanks to all the artists, participants and supporters for making this happen.”
So be sure to get down to the Winter Garden and check out the exhibition when it opens and if you’d like to make a donation to the Bangers and Cash fund, you can do so in the Sheffield Makers shop in the Winter Garden and at Roundabout’s Prevention Centre at 22 Union Street, as well as via text by texting BEEP18 £5 to 70070.
You can also get involved in the Bangers and Cash social media competition. To enter, simply take and upload a photo of your favourite part of the exhibition to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #BangersAndCashComp. There’s a huge prize haul up for grabs including art prints from featured artists. Good luck.