Some of the country’s biggest artists are helping to build a container village for the homeless.

Artwork from renowned artists went to auction to raise money for container houses for homeless people in Bristol.

The auction was held online and at Here Bristol in Bath Road to raise money for the co-op Help Bristol’s Homeless. The social enterprise converts shipping containers into homes, transforming them from empty crates into one-room houses. The project, which was started by ex-soldier Jasper Thompson, has been seen dozens of people come through their doors.

Volunteers are currently in the midst of refurbishing a bus and containers in Bedminster to provide more beds.

What was in the auction?

Valhi Shevelev, 26, in his container in his new home in Bedminster. Image first published on

More than 70 pieces of artwork were on offer as part of the charity auction, most of which have been provided by Bristol’s artists. It included rare and limited edition prints from the likes of Massive Attack’s 3D and street artist Inkie. Also taking part in the drive are Tracey Emin, Jim Starr and Emma Caton, among others.

Many of the work started from £15, and wentgo to the highest bidder. All proceeds go towards funding the conversion of containers into new homes.

Some £10,000 is needed to convert each container, and the plan is to create a container village in South Bristol and another in the North.

A spokesman for Help Bristol’s Homeless said: “We believe a home is a right, not a privilege.

We believe that the best way to help homeless people is to give them a secure base from which to rebuild their lives.

We’re challenging homelessness in Bristol one bed at a time, by galvanising our community – we’re building homes for the homeless by upcycling transport containers and decommissioned vehicles.”

The above article by Michael Young first published on in May, 2018.