Campaign started for homeless street artist


A campaign to raise £500 to help a homeless street artist buy a buskers licence and some art supplies has been launched after Colchester Council officials ordered his artwork to be cleansed from the pavements of Colchester town.

Support has been gaining for rough sleeper Mick who has been reported as saying he has seen his pieces being washed away every week by the Council.

Colchester Council have been accused of branding his artwork as graffiti, however an alternative location has yet to be offered to allow Mick to continue his work.

Twitter user @charliejpalmer tweeted: “Can you imagine seeing Mick’s work in our community space, ? Id love to see him get a break.


The £28m Firstsite gallery in Queen Street offers a place to “inspire people through innovative art and culture.”

Firstsite’s inclusive and evolving programme “immerses audiences in a wealth of visual arts and regularly present exhibitions from both local and international artists.”

Mick, 49, a local artist has spent the past 18 months sleeping rough on the streets of Colchester and hopes to one day have a job doing art.

To donate visit www.gofundme.com/4n4dxeo


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