Stik Street Artwork Raises £35,000 At Auction To Save Arts Centre

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Stik (second from left) and the Magpie Collective at Phillips December 2016 ‘New Now’ Auction London with artwork, ‘Magpie’

Stik (second from left) and the Magpie Collective at Phillips December 2016 ‘New Now’ Auction London with artwork, ‘Magpie’

12th December 2016, London/Bristol: A Stik street art piece has been sold at Phillips Auction in London for £35,000 to raise funds for the relocation of the Magpie Social Centre in Bristol. The piece was painted on the outside wall of the building back in 2009 on one of Stik’s trips to the city and was rediscovered shortly before the collective were evicted earlier this year. Stik only permits the sale of his street artworks when the money raised goes directly back to the community and he readily agreed to help them place the sale.

Lee Guy, one of the directors of the new Magpie Project Space enthused: “We’re grateful to Stik for authenticating this artwork and to Phillips auction for their generous support in the sale. The money raised will ensure that the Magpie will live on as a free arts space for our community for years to come.”

The collective who formerly squatted the vacant lot for 10 years are now browsing various properties in the Bristol area.

The former Magpie Building at Ashley Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol (Photo by Dave Stuart)

The former Magpie Building at Ashley Road, Stokes Croft, Bristol (Photo by Dave Stuart)