Artwork by Stik to be auctioned in aid of Cardboard Citizens

Posted on: 13 September 2018

Written by: Niamh Hicks

A piece by internationally-renowned Street Artist Stik will be auctioned at Christie’s this September to raise funds for Cardboard Citizens. Stik started painting his trademark stick figures in the streets of Hackney, East London in 2001 during a period of homelessness as a way of being seen. These days he creates monumental public artworks and events from London to New York to Tokyo, raising awareness and funding for marginalised communities around the world. 

Stik will auction his piece ‘Up On The Roof’ for Cardboard Citizens with viewing between 15-19 September and sale on the 20 September 2018.


The piece itself was created for Stik’s 2009 exhibition ‘Diva’. It was subsequently mounted on Brady Arts Centre in Hanbury Street, East London in 2010 whilst Stik was living in St.Mungos Hostel in Hackney, where he first encountered the Cardboard Citizens. The piece coincided with the Cardboard Citizens' production Up On The Roof, a project designed to engage young people in hostels and day centres. The life size figure made in gloss on marine-ply titled ‘Up On the Roof’, remained in-situ for over a decade, garnering a patina and status as one of Stik’s few remaining early ‘street works’. Only two of the original 15 artworks in this series are known to exist, the rest being lost or destroyed due to Stik’s unstable living conditions at the time.

Stik has overseen the removal of ‘Up On The Roof’, and personally restored and authenticated the work to raise funds for Cardboard Citizens’ work with people living in Tower Hamlets and East London. Stik only authenticates street pieces when 100% of funds go to the local community.

Stik said:

I have always been aware of Cardboard Citizens but it was not until they visited St. Mungo’s homeless hostel where I was living in 2010, that I encountered the significance of their work first hand. Cardboard Citizens use theatre to break through the social stigmas which affect people who have lost their homes and who are dealing with the associated issues.

Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director Adrian Jackson MBE said: 

For us to be the beneficiaries of the sale of Stik’s 'Up On The Roof' feels like the completion of a virtuous circle. A long time ago, Stik experienced Cardboard Citizens as an audience member in a hostel, then he lent us 'Up on the Roof' and subsequently named it after the performance it featured in - and now he is kindly giving us proceeds from the auction of this piece. His generosity will help us change the lives of current and future Members of Cardboard Citizens in East London and beyond. 

For more information on Stik, his background and his artistic process, take a look at a short film created by LSD Magazine from an interview with Stik here

You can also read Christie's interview with Stik here

For more information on the auction please contact Christie's directly on 020 7839 9060.