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The Big Issue is delighted to reveal that this week’s edition of the magazine is an art special, guest edited by Charming Baker, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Built on a theme of Tipping Point, the special collector's edition of the magazine features an array of British visual art heavyweights, all contributing their work.
Inside, there is also a very special, exclusive GOLDEN TICKET competition. The lucky readers who locate a hidden winning ticket in their copy of the magazine will get their hands on a fantastic, unique and exclusive signed piece of Charming Baker or Jonathan Yeo artwork.
The theme itself comes from Baker. There are, he said, key decisive moments that lives can hinge on, moments that can tip things up or down. Big Issue vendors know more keenly than most how delicate the balance can be, and how quickly that tipping point can have negative – or down the road, positive – effects.
In honour of the art special edition, Baker reached out to the art world and asked individuals to delve into their work archives and pick a piece of art representing a Tipping Point to them. The result is a veritable who’s who of British art and fashion.
It includes: Jonathan Yeo, Sir Peter Blake, Rachel Howard, Hugo Wilson, Antony Micallef, Mat Collishaw, Keith Tyson, Sue Webster & Tim Noble, David Shrigley and Sir Paul Smith, while Cornelia Parker shares her Letter to my Younger Self. It’s testament to The Big Issue’s value in British society that these, and many others, signed up straight away to get involved.
This special edition also features art by men and women on the edge of society, either suffering from addiction, mental health or homelessness issues who have used art as a means and outlet in facing problems in their lives, while Baker also met up with friend of The Big Issue, renowned street artist Stik, for a fascinating interview.
Please note once this edition is no longer on sale with Big Issue vendors (from Monday 10th April) it will be classed as a 'back issue'. All back issues are priced at £4 per copy plus P&P