Customised Fender guitars to be auctioned off in support of The Big Issue

A number of artists have contributed to the project, which launches on 4 November

The customised big issue guitars

Image: The Big Issue

A number of exclusive artworks, including customised Fender Stratocasters, are to be auctioned to raise funds for The Big Issue on 4 November.

The Stratocasters, donated to the cause by Fender, have been customised by artists such as Goldie, Jamie Reid, Gavin Turk, Lauren Baker, Bran Symondson, Vhils, Joe Rush, Joana Vasconcelos, and Rugman. You can take a look at how the guitars have been transformed with the video below:

Alongside the customised Stratocasters, there are also a range of limited edition and exclusive artworks including lithographs, paintings, prints and sculpture.

The works will be auctioned as part of The Big Art Auction, a live-streamed event taking place at 7 PM UK time on Wednesday 4 November over at The Auction Collective. The evening will include video messages from the artists involved. The auction will help The Big Issue’s frontline team to continue providing the increased support that’s kept sellers going throughout the current crisis.

Russell Blackman, The Big Issue’s MD, said: “We are delighted to be working with Creative Giants and The Auction Collective on this hugely exciting event. The Big Art Auction comes off the back of an idea originally sparked from a kind donation from the legendary guitar manufacturer Fender and the timing couldn’t be better.

“With footfall down in previously busy high streets across the UK, it’s very tough out there at the moment for Big Issue sellers. The Big Art Auction, with these truly one-off works of art, will raise urgently-needed funds to ensure we can continue to support our sellers, both now and in the future.”

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