To mark the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray and DVD, and to celebrate the creative legacy Star Wars has here in Britain, Lucasfilm and the British government’s GREAT Britain campaign are partnering to launch an exciting charity art project.
In support of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world, Star Wars talent, British celebrities, fans and artists worldwide have been challenged to create artwork inspired by everyone’s favourite new droid, BB-8, as a representation of all that is GREAT about Britain.
A number of the creations will be put on display for a public exhibition at 46 Mortimer Street Gallery from Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st April. The initiative will raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity with a number of the designed BB-8s being auctioned off for charity via an online auction from 18thApril 7pm to 20th April at 11.59pm. The proceeds from this auction will then be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, on behalf of Force For Change.
Stars of The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, are lending their artistic talents to design their very own BB-GR8’s, along with Star Wars legacy film stalwarts Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels and Warwick Davis who have each contributed a design.
UK personalities and Star Wars fans Simon Pegg, Paddy McGuinness, band of the moment Years and Years and British Olympic sporting hero Nicola Adams have all awakened their artistic flair to get involved in the project. A huge range of artists up and down the UK, including graffiti artists, jewellers, ceramic artists, typography specialists, embroiderers and sculptors, have each worked on their re-interpretations of BB-8 using an incredible array of materials to celebrate a particular area of Great British culture including music, food, sport, art, tourism and technology.
The GREAT Britain campaign is the Government’s largest ever international campaign promoting the best of Britain. Active in 144 countries, it encourages the world to visit, study and do business with the UK with a goal of promoting jobs and growth for the UK.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is released on Digital Download from 11th April 2016 and on BLU-RAY™ and DVD Monday 18 April 2016. Out. This debut for home entertainment offers new and in-depth bonus features giving fans an out of this world viewing experience.