SEPT 29, 2021

We celebrated The Big Issues 30th Birthday last week with JEALOUS Gallery in Shoreditch, London, providing brownies for a viewing of The Connor Brothers Latest Collection, 'This is Britain'.

Ayo Shonibare and Daniek Godschalk, founders of DG Brownies at the event. Photographed by ​​David X Green.

Contemporary art gallery JEALOUS held a fundraising event with artist duo The Connor Brothers, who created a limited-edition set of works, including their latest pigment print to raise money for The Big Issue. DG Brownies sponsored the event, offering brownies in canape fashion to the guests.

Established in 1991, The Big Issue magazine aimed to eradicate homelessness by offering rough sleepers entrepreneurship opportunities and advice through selling the magazine. The Big Issue is a Hand Up, Not a Handout.

The Big Issue social enterprise scheme has supported 92,000 vendors in the last thirty years, increasingly important as the pandemic has increased homelessness in the UK. It is estimated that 130,000 households have been made homeless since the beginning of March 2020. The 30th Anniversary of The Big Issue has seen the launch of the latest campaign, fighting homelessness in the coming months as furlough in the UK ends at the end of September. The end of governmental financial support directly increases the risk of mass homelessness, which can be prevented by raising awareness of causes such as The Big Issue.

The Big Issues special Connor Brother’s cover, ‘This is Britain’ to celebrate their 30th Birthday

To celebrate The Big Issues 30th Birthday, The Connor Brothers created a limited edition collection called ‘This is Britain’. Seventy-five editions of the print are being auctioned at Bonhams on the 22nd of September. All proceeds are going to The Big Issue to reinvest in the enterprise scheme, with the fundraising goal of £200,000. The Connor Brothers artwork is famous for depicting pin-up models in tandem with distinct, ‘pithy’ text. Playing with the boundary between fantasy and reality, the Connor Brothers actually posed as twins for the first 18 months of their career, before revealing their identities as British art dealers James Golding and Mike Snelle.