As announced on @banksygrossdomesticproduct on 11 December:
The T-shirts are only available for sale at an event in Bristol on 12 December. All of the proceeds go to four different homeless charities.
Banksy has collaborated with a number of NGOs during the years. One of them is, of course, the @lovewelcomes project, which among other things, made the coveted “Welcome Mat”, sold at the Gross Domestic Product.
“Love Welcomes is a creative social enterprise that helps refugee women begin to stitch their lives back together.” (https://lovewelcomes.org/pages/our-story)
Plenty of meaningful Christmas gifts at http://lovewelcomes.org.
Banksy’s handling service Pest Control Office has created one of the most efficient certification systems in the art world. For some time, they have also been active in the second-hand market as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of Banksy’s certified prints and unique studio work. (This has nothing to do with street-art pieces.)
Now it seems like they are taking it to a whole new level with the announced launch of http://www.Bbay.shop. It is an interesting development for the booming secondary market in Banksy artwork, and will hopefully set a new standard for transparency in the art market.
Banksy opened his much-anticipated store on 16 October. Among the products on sale are two interesting prints, a three-frame version of “Love is in the Air,” and “Banksquiat,” an homage to Jean Michel Basquiat. These are Banksy’s first regular print releases since 2010.
In Banksy’s own words: “I’m opening a shop. It’s called Gross Domestic Product™. It sells art, homewares and disappointment.”