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Artists including Grayson Perry turn bike helmets into works of art (gallery)

James Spender
29 Aug 2017

Strike: The Helmet Project, artists turn bike helmets into works of art

Alex Binnie is a tattoo artist; his wife, Zoe, is incredibly lucky. She was involved in a cycling accident in 2015 that left her with a serious brain injury that could have easily cost her her life. Had Zoe been wearing a helmet, she may have sustained no brain injury at all.

A year of rehabilitation followed and Zoe is thankfully recovered, but the impact and circumstances of the accident have led her and Alex, together with curator Alice Snape and brain injury case manager Mark Holloway, to launch to raise awareness of brain injury and the importance of wearing a helmet.

Run in conjunction with brain injury association Headway, Strike sent 27 prominent artists, from Grayson Perry to fashion label Shrimps, a Lazer Sport helmet and an open brief to ‘create a work of art’.

‘This exhibition is to raise awareness about brain injury and the importance of bike helmets and provide essential financial support to the charity Headway,’ says Binnie.

‘And we also want to have a bit of fun by turning a rather functional piece of kit into a piece of art, why can’t bike helmets be the new skateboard?’

The results will be on show at London’s Look Mum No Hands! bike café from 1st September 2017, and each helmet will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Headway.

In the meantime, check out our gallery for the artist’s creations.

See headway.org.uk and lookmumnohands.com for more details, and check out galabid.com/auction/strike for the auction.

Pictures: Andy Keate

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