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Dream and Refuge, limited edition by Michael Armitage


Michael Armitage
Dream and Refuge, 2020
Seven colour lithograph on Somerset warm white velvet 400gsm paper
43.5 x 23.5cm, unframed
Edition of 250

Price: £3,000

Gasworks, White Cube and Michael Armitage are proud to release the edition Dream and Refuge (2020), with all of the proceeds going to charities in Kenya providing vital aid to communities affected by the pandemic.

The image shows a woman asleep, wrapped in a printed cloth, and was created with the displaced and the homeless in mind. Rather than presenting the woman as an object of pity, however, the artist shows her as an individual with a rich interior world, represented by the imagery crowding the outside of the picture space. The dreamscape includes falling figures and the star found on the prow of a sailing dhow that bestows good luck on those who travel, while in the print of her wrap we find the hornbill from a creation myth associated with motherhood, loss and creation.

All proceeds from the sale of this edition will be donated to Gasworks to benefit three charities in Kenya: Beyond Zero, Ghetto Classics and Triangle Network partner Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI).


About the charities

Beyond Zero is a foundation created in 2014 in response to high maternal and child deaths and mother to child HIV transmission. Committed to heighten advocacy and resourcing, the charity collaborates with public and private sectors to invest in public health delivery for local and marginalised communities through access to treatment, refurbishment and provision of medical supplies to health facilities, and integrating training of community health workers as an immediate COVID-19 pandemic response at community and household levels.

Ghetto Classics is a community-based programme that is part of the Art of Music Foundation, based in Korogocho, one of the biggest slums in Kenya. The programme uses music education to provide the local youth with the opportunities to better themselves and that of their community by instilling in them life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music. The underprivileged families that live in Korogocho face many challenges and since the pandemic, these challenges have multiplied as basic needs are harder to meet and protective gear is scarce.

The Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI) is a not-for-profit visual art space that seeks to support growth of contemporary art in East Africa. Through the Covid artists' hardship fund, created with money raised through the Dream and Refuge fundraiser in collaboration with White Cube and Gasworks, NCAI will be providing grants and financial support to artists and art practitioners in the region. It will also be working closely with Beyond Zero and Ghetto Classics in their health, food provision and cultural support initiatives at this incredibly difficult time.

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