Limited edition run of 30 signed Yinka Ilori prints, created exclusively for the British Red Cross.
Nationally acclaimed and celebrated artist, Yinka Ilori MBE has partnered with the British Red Cross to create a mural celebrating the acts of kindness shown in communities since the start of the pandemic.
Located on Ebor Street, directly opposite the Shoreditch House Entrance, the 15ft mural is part of our This is Human Kind campaign which celebrates the deeper human connections made through supporting one another, particularly through the coronavirus pandemic.
The colourful piece is emblematic of Yinka’s distinctive style: Bold, bright and with a clear nod to his West African heritage.
We have 30 limited edition unframed prints of the mural available, printed on 330gsm paper, 50cm x 50cm. Printed in the UK. Each print is signed by Yinka and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
The piece is inspired by nature, which he feels has huge elements of care and community in that people need to look after it and come together to do so. Especially thinking back to the 1st lockdown when communities really came together and the only places you could really go to were parks and community gardens.
Speaking about this piece for the British Red Cross Yinka said:
“The opportunity to design something for the British Red Cross was an absolute honour. The mural is trying to celebrate community, collaboration and just being kind to others. My work has always been about community and about inclusivity. In art and design, making art spaces inclusive is the gateway to making people belong. The British Red Cross make people feel like they belong, they have a voice that is listened to and heard. It was an absolute honour to be approached by the charity to and to be a part of their amazing legacy on communities.”
Yinka said that this year has made him realise the importance of meaningful connections and has developed new connections himself.
“London is a lonely city in the best of times so it’s really important to get to know your communities. The pandemic really hit that home to me. I’ve made an effort to speak to new people, young and old and I pretty much know everyone on my street now.”
When asked what he thought was the future of “human kind”, the artist said:
“The future of human kind is in our hands. We all have a responsibility to be kind. I think that being kind is in everyone, even if they don’t believe it