Auction of Hackney Pride banner by world famous artist to raise funds for LGBT+ project

The local resident announces a unique opportunity for a Hackney charity, voluntary group or project

WORLD famous artist Stik has announced an amazing opportunity for a local charity, voluntary group or project to secure tens of thousands in grant funding.

Internationally renowned art auction house Christie’s has confirmed it will manage the prestigious sale of Stik’s Hackney Pride banner in April, with all the money raised going to a Hackney-based LGBT+ project.

The one-of-a-kind piece was created to represent the borough in the London Pride parade last summer. The Hackney resident is well known for his socially conscious murals, including ‘Sleeping Baby’ at Homerton hospital. Sales of prints of this work have so far raised over £75,000 for the hospital’s charity, Homerton Hope.

The Pride banner, currently on display in Hackney Museum, was manufactured by the same company which makes flags for the Queen. Stik said: “I was delighted to represent Hackney in the London Pride parade last year. Our vibrant and varied community is known around the world and I am proud to live here. The Pride banner represents the love and connectedness of LGBTQ people in Hackney, and its sale will be funding new and exciting possibilities for our community.”

The project has been developed in collaboration with the Council, which is managing the grant application process: open from 16 January to 22 February. Grant bids should be flexible in monetary scale – as the art sale is yet to take place – but most recently Stik’s work went for £35,000 at auction in December 2016.

Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, who marched alongside residents and council staff at Pride 2016, added: “We were very lucky that Stik created such a powerful banner which looked great on the day and can now be auctioned to fund LGBT+ projects in Hackney.”

Find out how to apply for the Stik auction funding on the Council's website.