Turning Refugee Banknotes Into Art For Charity



London-based artist Aida Wilde has created a powerful series of works on banknotes for charity Help Refugees that will be launched next week at the Cash is King II show at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The show opens on the 21st of August and runs until the 8th of September.

Aida Wilde was born in Iran and arrived in the UK in the mid 1980s as a political refugee. In this striking body of work, she uses banknotes from Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Syria as her canvas, and works in 'money ink' she painstakingly created from pulped banknotes. Sourced by curators Susan Hansen and Olly Walker, these banknotes represent some of the countries that have seen the highest numbers of people become refugees in recent years.



In an immediate and intuitive response to these banknotes, Wilde has used the iconic ‘Choose Love’ slogan, gifted to charity Help Refugees by the iconic activist-designer Katharine Hamnett. All proceeds from the sale of Aida’s work will go to supporting Help Refugees’ work around the world.



Curators Susan Hansen and Olly Walker said, “When we first gave Aida the banknotes from Help Refugees to work with, she could not even look at the Iraqi Dinars. She slid them out of sight under the other banknotes. Aida said she felt that Choose Love’s message of hope, love, dignity and humanity could not fit with the image of Saddam Hussain - whose image is branded on the notes. Aida’s family were directly impacted by Hussain’s tyrannical government, and fled Iran in the 1980s, when she was a child.”

“We assured Aida that of course it was not necessary to work with the Iraqi banknotes if this would prove traumatic, but a week later, she sent through some process shots of the notes she had been busy transforming, which to our surprise included the Iraqi Dinars.”



Aida Wilde said, “The whole process of working with these notes was so instinctive. At first, I couldn’t even touch them. But then, I started working. It felt very personal.”

Aida’s work will available for sale on the Saatchi website from 2pm on Tuesday the 20th of August. All proceeds will go to support Help Refugees’ work around the world.



Cash is King II: Money Talks features works of art executed on banknotes. This remarkable exhibition showcases a unique collection of defaced money art that has been sent in from all over the world for inclusion in the second Cash is King book. The book and exhibition were conceived by mixed-media artists Bob Osborne and Carrie Reichardt. The Cash is King II exhibition has been curated by Olly Walker of Ollystudio.

New Dourone mural in Sweden


Street Artists Dourone have created their first large-format installation in Sweden in collaboration with KulturHotellet Helsinborg.

The large artwork titled LITA 00 :00,02 is part of the record that the artist is developing and talks about the consolidation and fragmentation using time as the basis in the 21st century through the female figure.



This installation was totally designed and made by the artist and specially created for the place. Both, the structure and the hand painted 64 panels of 1m2 are made of wood. The wood has an anti-humidity treaty to ensure its duration over time as well as 4 layers of paint in addition to the artwork own acrylic paint.It also has 170 anchor points to the wall. With a total of 4 people, this installation was carried out on site in less than 2 weeks.
The new artwork is now visible in the city of Angelholm, Sweden.

Banksy Goes to Venice, Italy

Banksy in Venice.

DANCE/ACID/RAVE Ryca solo show at BSMT Gallery

DANCE/ACID/RAVE Ryca solo show at BSMT Gallery

You've heard it's happening... it's coming and it's going to be big!

DANCE ACID RAVE a solo show by RYCA is opening next Thursday at BSMT. Ryan Callanan, (aka RYCA), is an Essex based artist who is well-known in the Street and modern Pop Art worlds.

Using his experience in 3D work and traditional painting techniques RYCA playfully cross references by taking one item out of its context and splicing it with another to create something that feels familiar but whose meaning is subtly shifted.

Older generations will recognise these references from their childhood and youth while for the newer enthusiast, his is a journey back in time to the heyday of plastic toys with a new found collectibility.
  DANCE/ACID/RAVE Ryca solo show at BSMT Gallery

Expect live djs, acid artwork, Star Wars themed works, the usual good stuff.... ALSO A FREE SILKSCREEN PRINT FOR THE FIRST 50 people!

Over 200 works especially made for the show. Drinks courtesy of our good friends at Fourpure. The exhibition will run from Nov 9th to Nov 18th, with the private view on November 8th 6pm.

The gallery is open Tue-Sat 11-6 and Sun 11-5.
For all enquiries email: info@bsmt.co.uk
Location: BSMT SPACE 5d Stoke Newington Road Dalston London, London N168BH United Kingdom

Banksy - Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director’s half cut

Banksy - Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director’s half cut.