Photographer auctions off some star quality for Shelter

10 December 2013

Look Listen - Emeli Sandé

A host of the country’s best-loved stars including Emeli Sandé, Ben Howard, Rudimental and Jamie Cullum feature in Look Listen, an exclusive photography exhibition in aid of Shelter.

Each of the distinctive portraits, personally signed by the musician featured, will be auctioned online. Every penny from each portrait sold will go towards Shelter’s vital work to help more homeless families find a safe and stable home. The auction starts at 5.30pm on 12 December at shelter.org.uk/ebay.

Some of Britain’s most famous artists feature in the exhibition by photographer Paul Heneker. The stars range from household names like Will Young and Jason Donovan to breakthrough acts like Alt-J, Tom Odell, and Conor Maynard.

London-born British soul musician and winner of the BBC Sound of 2012 award, Michael Kiwanuka, said: ‘Shelter is something important to me. No one should be without a home, especially children.

‘Any little we can do to help stop children being homeless at Christmas, and any other time, I believe is so worth our while.’

All of the portraits can be viewed online at shelter.org.uk/ebay, and everyone is invited to come and view portraits at a free exhibition at ThePrintSpace gallery in Dalston, Hackney until 7 January.

According to the latest government figures, more than 2,100 homeless families are currently living in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation – often in desperate conditions. Shelter has seen cases of children having to live in a single room with their entire family, with many having to share beds, eat meals on the floor, or share a bathroom with strangers.

Paul Heneker, the exhibition’s creator, said that it was heart-breaking to hear so many children would be homeless this Christmas: ‘I loved working with the artists to - I hope - capture a hint of their star presence in each print for Look Listen. It is a great privilege for me to be able to make a difference to the lives of homeless families by doing a job I love.’

Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: ‘We are so thankful for Paul Heneker’s dedication in putting together this exhibition. And it’s wonderful that so many of the biggest names in British music have given up their time to take part in Look Listen.’