Attic Self Storage, an English self-storage operator with two facilities in the Greater London Area, hosted an exhibit at its King’s Cross facility last week to showcase work by artists of Artbox London, a nonprofit supporting people with learning disabilities. Held in the facility’s reception area at 270-276 York Way, the display featured 50 pieces that would’ve otherwise been placed in storage at Islington Arts Factory, a multi-arts community center that partners with the charity. The exhibit’s success inspired the storage operator to keep the art on display permanently, according to the source.
“The evening was a huge success,” said Madeline Alterman, who founded Artbox in 2011. “The artists just loved seeing their work on display. We also sold quite a number of pieces, which really made everyone’s day.”
Attic had been seeking a local charity to support when company director Frederic de Ryckman came across Artbox. “When we visited Artbox at the Islington Arts Factory, we were hooked. Meeting Madeline and the artists was inspiring,” he said. “We’re only a small business, so our support has to be focused. And we felt, in Artbox, we had really found a worthwhile cause.”
The exhibit is open to the public. Plans for a second Artbox benefit are underway, the source reported.
Artbox offers art workshops and sponsors trips to museums and galleries in Central London. It also provides its exhibition and sales opportunities so artists can earn an income from their work. The students partner with volunteers to create art in a variety of mediums
, including collages, painting, embroidery, model-making, photography and print-making.
Founded in 2006, Attic Self Storage operates a second facility in Bow, a district in London’s East End.
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