Hackney artist raises over £250,000 for new arts programme

A quarter-size version of Hackney street artist STIK's four-metre Hoxton Holding Hands bronze sculpt

A quarter-size version of Hackney street artist STIK's four-metre Hoxton Holding Hands bronze sculpture has sold for a quarter of a million pounds. Picture: Hackney Council - Credit: Hackney Council

A Hackney street artist has raised over a quarter of a million pounds to create a new public sculpture programme in the borough.

A Hackney street artist has raised over a quarter of a million pounds to create a new public sculpture programme in the borough.

Graffiti artist STIK sold a smaller model of his four-metre Holding Hands sculpture, which can be found in Hoxton Square, and beat his own auction record, selling the maquette for £287,500 at the London auction house Christies on King Street.

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The money raised will be donated to Hackney Council to create a series of outdoor art works reflecting the borough’s diverse communities.

Artist STIK said: “This project is intended to facilitate a new wave of public sculpture in East London, celebrating the dverse communities who live here.”


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The new arts fund will be open to all artists regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or age.

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Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, said: “I’d like to thank STIK for his record of activism, vision and for continuing to collaborate with the council and for this generous donation.

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“We’re proud in Hackney to be able to support and share the creativity of our residents. This represents a longstanding commitment to inclusive public art that can be enjoyed by everyone in our parks and public spaces and I can’t wait to see the creativity that STIK, through the sale of this work, will help us showcase and unlock.”

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