Soup kitchen art for sale

03:05, Jun 21 2012
Homeless art
Giving a voice: Brinkley Warren, right, holds up the work of John Kerkmeester, who has cerebral palsy.

Brinkley Warren spent the past month giving art supplies to people who eat at Wellington's soup kitchens - now he plans to sell their artwork.

The Home is Where The Art Is silent auction on June 22 will showcase about 50 pieces of art created by homeless people.

Warren, an American artist, said he wanted to raise awareness of homelessness in Wellington, which rose 25 per cent in the past year.

"I want positive outcomes by engaging with the issue and rallying members around the issue rather than in a corporate boardroom," he said.

"This is creative expression from those in need to show they're not just statistics. This is true voices being represented."

Warren arrived in Wellington in February on a Fulbright Fellowship at Massey University.


He is originally from Athens, Georgia, but has lived near San Francisco for the past year.

He said Wellington was like a little sister of San Francisco and that he had ideas about how they might become sister cities.

Warren said his latest arts project was a grand departure from his technology-based art.

"I felt I needed to contribute some other way.

" I meditate as part of my daily routine and it got me thinking about how I need to get away from all of that."

Proceeds from the auction will go to the artists and Warren said most of them would give it away.

"The majority of them actually want to give some, if not all of it, away.

"There is a willingness to give it to charities."

The auction, at Tory Street Community Space, begins at 5.30pm and features a wine reception and a performance by New Zealand opera singer Zane Te Wiremu Jarvis.

The Wellingtonian