Brummie Artwork Raises £5k for Birmingham Homeless Charity

04 July 2022

Birmingham artist Stacey Barnfield has recently surpassed the £5,000 fundraising target that was set for his Draw My City initiative, with funds going to support homeless and vulnerably housed people into getting creative themselves. 

Draw My City sells bespoke Birmingham-based art featuring landmarks, Brummie catchphrases and some of the city’s favourite places, with a donation from each sale being donated to SIFA Fireside, Birmingham’s main day centre for homeless and vulnerably housed adults over 25.

At the request of Stacey Barnfield, the former newspaper editor and director of Edwin Ellis Creative Media, the funding received from Draw My City has gone on to provide accessible arts therapy for SIFA Fireside’s clients. These sessions include art, music, dance movement, drama and play.

Melissa Roche, Head of Fundraising, Volunteering and Communications said; “Stacey has been an invaluable supporter of SIFA Fireside for several years now. Initially, Stacey took time out of his busy schedule to volunteer in our Drop-In centre and this, I’d argue, has spurred him on to develop his fantastic Draw my City initiative.” 

Melissa continued, “For every piece of artwork purchased, a percentage is donated to SIFA Fireside. This is in turn used to run creative arts workshops for clients experiencing homelessness. So far Stacey has donated over £5k and we’re still receiving financial support through the sales of the artwork! With the aftermath of the pandemic as well as the rising costs of living, we’re very grateful to Stacey for this financial support”.

Stacey Barnfield presented SIFA Fireside’s Melissa Roche with a cheque for £5,400 which will allow clients to continue expressing themselves creatively. 

As well as Draw My City and his volunteering sessions at SIFA Fireside, Stacey Barnfield is also the artist behind the Birmingham Colour Palette Co. Stacey kindly gave permission for SIFA Fireside to use the palette, which includes The Bull Bronze and Jewellery Quarter Gold, to help their homeless and vulnerably housed clients feel more at ease and welcome at the rebranded Drop-In Centre.