A high-flying Illustration graduate from Middlesex University has been given a budget of £20,000 to produce a piece of work for an exhibition by homeless charity, Crisis.
Ben Hendy, 23, graduated from Middlesex University in 2012 with a First in his Illustration degree. He will now be part of the Crisis Commission exhibition, on the combined theme of Home.
The exhibition also features major new works by other leading modern artists, such as Gavin Turk, George Shaw, Bill Woodrow, Martin Creed, Chloe Le Tissier, Richard Long and a host of others.
Ben was selected earlier in the year to produce his own work. He will be exhibiting his work, Welcome to No.12, alongside the work of the other celebrated artists and also clients of Crisis - who have experienced homelessness.
Ben said: "I am really thrilled to be part of this meaningful and worthwhile exhibition. My new work, comprising of two very large linocuts, is based on the idea that only a door separates home from homeless.
"The Crisis Commission is a fantastic idea and it's great that art can play a part in helping to end homelessness. My time studying Illustration at Middlesex helped me to branch out and explore new avenues and gave me the confidence and ability to continue making my work."
Nancy Slonims, Illustration Programme leader at Middlesex University said: "The Illustration staff are delighted for Ben, he has an extraordinary talent. We were always confident he would go far following his wonderful exhibition at the degree show and subsequent short-listing for the Threadneedle Prize, but to have succeeded at such a level so soon after graduating is fantastic."
When the exhibitions are over, the works will be sold at Christie's and all proceeds will go to Crisis.
The Crisis Commission exhibition will feature at The Bermondsey Project, Willow Walk, SE1 5SF from the 9 – 23 May, between 1 – 6pm daily. Afterwards, the exhibition will continue at The Strand Gallery, 32 Adam Street, WC2N 6BN from 30 May to the 8 June, between 11am – 6pm daily.
Photo: Ben Hendy