Coldplay has announced a special exhibition of original album artwork to raise funds for Kids Company.
The exhibition will take place from November 29 to December 2 at Proud Galleries in Camden, London, and will feature three paintings by the band and their Mylo Xyloto artist Paris. Also on display will be the original graffiti wall that became the cover artwork for the Mylo Xyloto album as well as a wall painted by children from Kids Company.
“Kids Company is a phenomenal organisation that is very close to our hearts,” said singer Chris Martin. “While we were making the last album we did quite a lot of painting with our friend Paris. We built a special wall in our studio and sprayed it, wrote on it and threw things at it until it eventually became the artwork for Mylo Xyloto. This exhibition will be the first time that the wall has appeared in public.”
Camila Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company founder / CEO, added: “The support Coldplay have given us over the years has been amazing. Art plays a major role in Kids Company’s work with vulnerable children: kids who have experienced trauma often find it easier to express themselves using art materials rather than words. Our recent award-winning exhibition in partnership with the Royal Academy demonstrated this very powerfully and poignantly.”
Kids company provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people, in particular those with severe emotional, behavioral and social difficulties, resulting from significant experiences of trauma and neglect.
The artworks are for sale, and can be viewed here.