Celebrity portrait sales provide shelter for children

Jamie Cullum Pic: Shelter

Jamie Cullum Pic: Shelter

Musicians Jamie Cullum, Rudimental and Katie Melua are among almost 40 artists photographed for a collaborative charity project.

The portraits taken by Paul Heneker, a London-based music and commercial photographer, have been signed by the artists to raise money for Shelter, a housing and homelessness charity. The prints are currently being exhibited at theprintspace gallery in Shoreditch.

100 per cent of funds raised by the sales will be donated to charity.

Heneker said: “I did another auction with Shelter a couple of years ago with comedians, so it seems like a great idea to do another with musicians.”

Shelter is a charity the photographer believes to be “important to carry on supporting” and “didn’t think twice about working with again”.

“They have a campaign to help homeless children at the moment” he explained. “It’s just always a great charity to help, especially around Christmas time.”

Katie Melua Pic: Shelter

Katie Melua Pic: Shelter

There are currently around 80,000 children left homeless in the UK, and around 62,000 of them are in London, according to Shelter’s statistics.

The money raised by the auction will go straight towards giving immediate aid to those on the street, as well as contributing to the funds used by the charity to solve the bigger issues around homelessness.

“There’s already been quite a bit of interest in the auction” added Heneker, “the prints all start at £40 each but we hope to make a lot of money for Shelter throughout.”

The exhibition will be running until January 7, while the auction will take place from December 12 to 22 this year.

Direct donations can be made to Shelter online.

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