Art and charity will meet once again on Thursday evening as the Bad Karma Impala project returns to Brixton East 1871 for an auction.
Proceeds from these auctions fund the renovation and decoration of a 1969 Chevrolet Impala, the UK’s first charity art car.
In turn, the finished car will be rented out to art lovers and functions, generating much-needed income for Solace Women’s Aid.
Solace provides support for women who are or have been victims of domestic abuse.
Recent studies suggest that 1 in 3 women in the UK will be affected by domestic abuse at some point in their lives.
“If it’s not you, it’s someone you know, without question,” said Jools Ramsey, senior manager at the charity.
A previous auction at Brixton East raised over £2,000 for the project. Founder and artist Imogen Paton hopes the upcoming event will bring the Bad Karma Impala one step closer to getting on the road.
To help her achieve this goal she has enlisted the help of a wide range of interdisciplinary artists.
“The artists in this particular auction vary immensely from professionals to hobbyists,” said Imogen.
“The one thing that ties them all together is the desire to support the cause and help address the issue of domestic abuse.”
“There will be MA Royal College of Art students, Royal Academy graduates, local and international professionals and a couple of people I have been assisting tutoring in a collaborative process.”
The Bad Karma Impala was inspired by Imogen’s own experience of domestic abuse.
But she hopes the auction and other fundraising events will inspire others to speak out about their suffering.
But she added that showing Brixton’s support for domestic abuse victims is equally important.
“Guests are also welcome to attend simply to show support, shake a leg, and toast change at our charity bar,” she said.
The event begins at 6.00pm tomorrow evening, with the auction kicking off at 8pm.