HAPPY HOUR #2 limited edition screen print *out now*. Available exclusively HERE. All proceeds will be donated to the Alcohol Recovery Community (ARC) at Sheffield Alcohol Support Service (SASS).
This week is Alcohol Awareness Week. The theme; ‘change is possible, change is necessary and change is happening’. One person who is making it possible for Sheffield Alcohol Support Services (SASS) to help people make changes in their drinking is local artist, Kid Acne.
Kid Acne is a distinguished Sheffield based illustrator and print maker. As part of the international Street Art movement he has painted large scale murals across the globe and exhibited work from Los Angeles to Beijing. Having been personally affected by a family member’s problem with alcohol, Kid Acne decided to become a patron of SASS and raise money to help other individuals and families who might be suffering from the impact of alcohol misuse.
His iconic ‘Happy Hour 2’ print is part of an ongoing series he has created around well-known Sheffield pubs. Following on from the phenomenal success of his first ‘Happy Hour’, selling out within days, he is now set to release the second edition in the series and has pledged the proceeds to support SASS.
The first print provided SASS with a boost of £2,000. This was used to refurbish the ARC (Alcohol Recovery Community) room and provide a welcoming space for people in our city who are recovering from alcohol dependency and provide an alternative to traditional meeting places, such as pubs, that they may feel are not suitable at this point in their lives.
Explains Lynn Lawson (Director of Development SASS):
“Alcohol misuse can have a profound impact on the lives of drinkers and their nearest and dearest. The stigma connected to heavy drinking and alcohol dependency can mean that individuals and their families suffer further, and do not feel able to seek the support they need. But around 600,000 people in the England alone are alcohol dependent. Alcohol problems are common.
However, alcohol harm – at an individual, family, community and societal level – is not inevitable. We want to reduce stigma by getting people talking about alcohol and Kid Acne’s prints not only help us to support individuals and families they also raise awareness and hopefully get people talking about alcohol use”.
Kid Acne says explains:
“My hope is that through these prints I'm able to raise awareness about alcohol issues and mental health whilst helping to support families and individuals experiencing these difficulties. My Dad passed away in 2015 after developing cirrhosis of the liver brought on by decades of heavy drinking. A year later I decided to quit drinking myself and in 2017 I became a patron of SASS. I'd like to thank everyone who bought the first print in the series, I know the funds raised have been put to good use. Please continue to show your support with 'Happy Hour 2' - this design features 19 new pubs, all lovingly drawn and hand-printed with my own fair hands and I hope it is just as much of a success”.
Vicki Beere, Chief Executive SASS commented:
“The timely release of this second print of public houses during Alcohol Awareness Week will hopefully raise awareness that quite often drinking is an expectation, not a choice. However, there are alternatives for individuals who want to make changes and that we provide alcohol free community spaces and support for people who decide that enough is enough”.
To purchase ‘Happy Hour’ print in aid of Sheffield Alcohol Support Service please visit: https://kidacne.bigcartel.com/product/happy-hour-2-limited-edition-print
Release date: Monday November 26th at 12pm GMT.
Please note, this is a limited edition of 35 hand-pulled screen prints, signed, numbered and embossed by the artist.
Top row: The Grapes Inn (S4), The Manor Castle (S2), The Harlequin (S3), The Chantrey Arms (S8), The Great Gatsby (S1).
2nd row: The Cricketers Arms (S8), The Palm Tree (S6), The Wellington (S3), The Closed Shop (S10), The Greystones (S11).
3rd row: Fox & Duck (S10), Dog & Partridge (S1), Globe (S1), The Porter Cottage (S11), Carlton Hotel (S9).
Bottom row: Fagans (S1), The Old Crown Inn (S2), The Millhouses (S7), The Prince of Wales (S8).