Top creative agency BBH marks International Women’s Day with exhibition in aid of Refuge

Friday 3 March

Artists Jean Jullien, Hattie Stewart and Mike Perry confirmed as fundraising initiative for Refuge returns for second year

Shes electric by Rude

BBH London’s ‘She Lights Up the Night’ initiative returns this March, bringing together some of the biggest names in contemporary graphic art to raise vital awareness and funds for Refuge.

On any given day, Refuge is supporting almost 5,000 women and children escaping domestic violence. Last year, She Lights up the Night raised £30,000  for Refuge, which went towards the charity’s life-saving front line services.

Confirmed artists for 2017 include: Mike Perry, Jon Burgerman, Siggi Eggertsson, Kindah Khalidy, Crispin Finn, Letman, Steve Wilson, Rude, Hense, Jean Jullien, Lauren Baker, Hannah Waldron and Hattie Stewart.

They will also be joined by Olivia Healy, a student at Falmouth University and the winner of a nationwide competition which saw BBH invite students to take part in the  initiative.

In celebration of International Women’s Day and the vital work Refuge does, each artist will create an original piece on the theme of female empowerment.

She Lights Up The Night will open with a private viewing the day after International Women’s Day, on Thursday 9 March. The exhibition opens to the public between Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March at Protein Gallery in Shoreditch, where there will be limited edition screen prints available to purchase in aid of Refuge.

On 30 March, there will be an auction held at BBH’s London offices, with all profit going to Refuge.

BBH is one of London’s top creative agencies and has supported Refuge for a number of years, including running several award-winning campaigns with the charity.

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said:

“Refuge has received pro bono advertising support from BBH for over five years. Together, Refuge and BBH have raised huge awareness of domestic violence, an horrific crime which claims the lives of two women a week in England and Wales alone.

The She Lights Up The Night art event takes our partnership one stage further by raising much needed funds to support Refuge’s life-saving services. On any given day, Refuge supports almost 5,000 women and children escape domestic violence. In a climate of reduced local authority budgets, we rely increasingly on the generosity of corporate partners and individuals to keep the doors to our services open; which is why we are incredibly grateful to BBH and all the artists displaying their work at She Lights Up The Night.

I look forward to seeing what the talented women and men taking part this year create.”

For more information about the exhibition email press@refuge.org.uk. For more information about the auction, please email: auction@bbh.co.uk.

Image: A piece for the exhibition by artist Rude