Background Bob’s collaboration with Ed Sheeran goes under the hammer; could you be the owner of a piece of artwork by Suffolk’s biggest musician
Suffolk residents have been given the chance to own an original piece of artwork from a famous musician as part of a charity initiative.
The latest collection of colorful artwork created by inspirational 14-year-old Noah, which features a collaboration with Ed Sheeran, is to go under the hammer.
Two hundred and fifty new pieces by Noah, who is known as Background Bob, will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals Charity.
The collection also includes collaborations with Joe Lycett, Grayson Perry, Phill Jupitus and and street art stars such as Shepard Fairey and Mr Doidl.
Noah’s dad Nathan said: “This project has been a true display of how loving and supportive the art community can be.
“It’s been a real joy to see so many artists come forward to get involved -they will forever be ‘Background Bob family’.
“This project has enriched my son’s life incredibly and he’s loved every minute.”
Noah and his family live in Dedham, and have already raised a whopping £150,000 for the charity since Background Bob began.
The money raised during the latest auction will be used to support children’s services at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals, which are run by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT).
The project sees Noah paint a colourful background onto card before a celebrity or street artist adds a design on top.
Launched during the first covid lockdown, Nathan then reached out to ask artists from across the world to collaborate with Noah, who loves to paint.
Dan Bailey, senior fundraising manager with Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, said: “Noah and his family have raised a staggering total for our charity and we’re incredibly grateful to them for their ongoing support.
“Their dedication is making a huge difference to the people who use our hospitals every day.
“Our thanks also go to all of the celebrities and artists who have so generously given up their time to contribute to this groundbreaking project – we really do appreciate their support.”
Noah and his family have put together three collections so far, all of which have been exhibited at Firstsite in Colchester before being auctioned.
The auction runs until this Sunday (October 15), and to view the lots or to bid, go to www.ebay.co.uk and search for Background Bob.
For more information about the project, visit the @background_bob Instagram page.