Arts graduate makes prints for Justice4Grenfell

Caroline Hick (left) and Beth Smith (right) show off prints to support Justice4Grenfell

A Bradford College graduate is creating a special artwork to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims.

Artist Caroline Hick has designed two linocut prints and will donate the proceeds of sale to the Justice4Grenfell campaign group set up to help survivors and bereaved families of the fire disaster that killed at least 80 people in a West London tower block in June.

Caroline, who graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from Bradford School of Art in 1982 and returned to gain an MA in Printing in 2004, is in the process of producing 100 pairs of lino prints which she hopes will raise £5,000. 

“As an artist, these visual prints are my response to Grenfell Tower tragedy,” said Caroline, 57.

“With a common theme ‘Rise’, the first print depicts the high rising Grenfell Tower with clouds of smoke, the rain of tears coming down and forming a river at the bottom. The second print depicts the phoenix rising, giving hope for the better future. While the first one shows the sadness of what had happened and how terrible it was, the second print is about the hope that something good must come out of that.

“The fact that this tragedy can happen in this day and age is absolutely deplorable. So the phoenix is my hope for a better future for the most vulnerable people in our society.”

Caroline, who is a full-time carer for her mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was welcomed back into Bradford College to use the specialist printmaking facilities for her charitable work.

“I had a wonderful time learning at Bradford College and since my graduation have stayed in touch with arts staff,” she said.

“The College provides fantastic print making facilities and a very helpful printmaking technician and it is fantastic to come back for this special project.

“My ultimate aim is to raise at least £5000 for the campaign so that money can be used for legal representation or whatever the victims of the disaster need to spend it on"

The prints, which will be sold for £80 per pair, will be officially launched in November. Anyone wishing to purchase a pair or find out more about the launch event can email Caroline on[email protected]