Visitors to Sheffield’s Winter Garden are in store for a visual treat this August when 23 car bonnet artworks will be suspended from the wooden beams of the urban glasshouse.
The bonnets are part of the first exhibition of its kind in the city and will be taken from rally cars of business teams participating in the Bangers and Cash project for Roundabout, Sheffield’s youth homeless charity.
The project, masterminded by Goo Design’s Matt Cockayne, will see 23 teams drive in an ‘art roadshow banger rally’ from Sheffield to Monte Carlo in September to raise funds and awareness for Roundabout.
Each bonnet has been decorated by an artist who has been paired with participating businesses depending on the business’s chosen design.
Nick Banks, team leader of Banks Pottery, said: “We named our car – a bright pink Hackney carriage – ‘The Drinks Cab-innit’, the reason for which will be revealed at the exhibition!
“Once we gave our local artist, Rikki, the name, he found himself wondering what a Sheffield drinks cabinet might look like and took inspiration for our bonnet design.
“All the team are dead chuffed and excited about the artwork, the cause and the adventure because it really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“The Winter Gardens is already an iconic Sheffield place so it’s only right that it’s used to show off the art that’s going to raise money to directly support young people in Sheffield.”
Other local participating artists include James Croft, Lisa Maltby, Rich Wells, Jo Peel, Neil Carribine, Laura Gray, Rob Lee and Trik09 who are decorating cars for businesses including DLA Piper, SDE Group, Hamilton Plant, Whitehornes, Signs Express, BBC Radio Sheffield, Amico, Evolution Power Tools, Henry Boot Construction and Gripple.
The exhibition, which is on for the whole of August, will also serve as a silent auction, enabling individuals and businesses to bid online for the bonnets as pieces of artwork to be won and displayed after the rally later this year.
A number of the bonnets will be reserved for a live auction night dinner on Saturday 20 October with further details to be announced.
All the proceeds from the teams’ fundraising efforts and the auction will go towards extending Roundabout’s prevention work across the Sheffield City Region, which aims to reduce the number of young people declaring themselves homeless.
The ground-breaking project delivers highly effective mediation and drop-in advice services, as well as peer education about homelessness in schools, delivered by trained volunteers who have experienced homelessness themselves.
Ben Keegan, Roundabout CEO, said: “The exhibition means so much to us, it will raise awareness of the issue of youth homelessness in Sheffield.
“Every day we are seeing increasing numbers of young people facing this issue and our drop-in advice service, near the Winter Gardens at 22 Union Street, relies on generous donations from businesses and the public.
“By supporting Bangers and Cash the people of Sheffield can help us prevent young people sleeping on our streets and we want to extend a huge thanks to all the artists, participants and supporters for making this happen.”
Donations can be made in the Sheffield Makers shop in the Winter Gardens and at Roundabout’s Prevention Centre at 22 Union Street, as well as via text by texting BEEP18 £5 to 70070.
Visitors to the exhibition should also look out for a social media competition. To enter simply take and upload a photo of your favourite part of the exhibition to Facebook, Twitter or instagram and use the hashtag #BangersAndCashComp. There’s a huge prize haul up for grabs including art prints from featured artists.