· By Dylan Hayes
Two Tribes Loves > Jealous Gallery
My Dog Sighs (UK artist Paul Stone) style is characterised by the combination of melancholic and often naïve portraiture with the use of found materials including abandoned food cans.
The theme of this special edition of The Big Issue is ‘Reclaiming the Lost’, exploring lost and abandoned spaces and the individuals who bring them back to life. The edition also explores the topic of urban regeneration through the arts and creative industries, emphasising the importance of arts education and the detrimental effects of budget cuts.
Speaking to The Big Issue, My Dog Sighs said “When the Big issue approached me to guest edit this special Art Edition, I instantly saw the parallels with my creative endeavours and their ethos of helping those struggling and lost to work themselves to a position where they can find themselves and their place/purpose".
The Big Issue co-founder, Baron John Bird, was at the event to talk about the collaboration and how The Big Issue has helped homeless people, or individuals at risk of homelessness, to earn a legitimate income thereby helping them to reintegrate into mainstream society.
Cans of Dream Factory Pale Ale and Classic Helles Lager from Two Tribes were available for guests at the launch. The exhibition was supported by Whitebox Cocktails, Big Drop Brewing Company, Soffles Chips and Coco Chocolatier.
The exhibition, ‘Reclaiming The Lost’, runs from Thursday 13th July until 22nd July at Jealous Gallery, 53 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT.
You can buy a copy of the special Art Edition from your local Big Issue vendor. You can find your nearest vendor by clicking here: www.bigissue.com/vendors.