AnyForty are a British streetwear brand who specialise in artist collaborative products. In their first 6 years they've worked with the cream of the crop of contemporary illustrators and artists from around the world. Artists from the likes of Ken Taylor from Melbourne Australia, to 123Klan from Montreal, Canada.
Back in the summer of 2010, AnyForty organised a charity group show at Start The Bus Gallery, Bristol. This event raised funds to run a summer program for the Knowle West Media centre, giving local Bristol kids the opportunity to work on creative projects all summer long, for free. 4 years later and AnyForty are dipping their toes back into the charity pool, this time working to support something a lot more serious.
Did you know the biggest killer of men under the age of 50 in the UK is suicide? And 77% of all suicides recorded in the UK are young males. These are shocking statistics, and this issue is something that needs to be raised and something the charity CALM is doing a brilliant job at. Young british men need to know there is somewhere to go to and someone to speak to when things get a bit too much. Being silent isn't being strong.
AnyForty are looking to raise a huge donation for CALM by selling prints from the extremely talented 27 worldwide artists who have donated their time and skills to create brand new artworks for the show. As well as selling prints, there will also be a carefully selected collection of the designs on limited edition t-shirts and sticker packs as well as an event program containing all artworks and artist info. AnyForty will be donating ALL the profits to the CALM charity organisation.
The AnyForty Charity Group Show opens with a launch party on Thursday 26th, with free live musical entertainment to be announced, alongside a free pop up bar provided by Translate Bar, Shoreditch. Keep an eye on AnyForty's social media platforms for more info on the event over the next few weeks @AnyForty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The show is open everyday from 12 noon till 6pm and all of the artwork will be revealed, in full, for the first time on the opening night.