A set of prints by British street artist Stik titled ‘Sleeping Baby’ have sold at Christie’s auction in London for £32,500 in aid of Homerton Hospital Charitable Trust. The ‘Sleeping Baby’ image which represents the vulnerability of the NHS has been adopted as a mascot by the Junior doctor’s industrial strike action and Stik, a keen advocate of a free and public health service has produced bespoke banners and rallied in solidarity with them since October last year.
“The NHS is our baby and we need to look after it’ says Stik, ‘Homerton is my local hospital and it has looked after me for many years, now it is my turn to show my support to those who work there”
This is the second fundraiser Stik has made bringing the total funds generated for his local hospital to £82,500 in just under a year.
The winning bidder Keiran-James Brown who says he sold a well-known portrait of the queen to make space for the ‘Sleeping Baby’ prints, said this about the image “Having been affected by my own battle with mental health over the years my life wouldn't be on track today without the great support I've had from the NHS. These images reflect, for me, the fragility of life itself”