Today Purplebricks is launching a new campaign – bringing the power of the nation’s home support to Team GB. Home Support is all about keeping the home fires burning while Team GB competes in the Olympic Games thousands of miles away.
We have commissioned three amazing artists, who were each chosen due to their roles as elite sportspeople past and present. Each artist has been commissioned to create a powerful image that depicts Home Support. We hope these works of art will inspire the nation to get behind Team GB on their journey to Tokyo and show the same amazing home support as London 2012.
Meet the artists:
Our first artist is Rio 2016 silver medallist and professional boxer Joe Joyce. Joe has held the British, Commonwealth, European, WBC Silver, and WBO International heavyweight titles while also graduating with a degree in Fine Art.
Speaking about the campaign, Joe said: “It is a great honour to be chosen to produce work in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It's a pleasure to hone my skills again and create something that will inspire the athletes and show some support from home. Hopefully, I can help inspire the athletes to win gold.”
The second athlete turned artist is former professional triathlete Vanessa Raw. “I'm very proud to be chosen to help Purplebricks with this campaign and feel honoured to be involved in the Olympic process in a different way. Art was always my main love, but I was involved in triathlon for 11 years and it taught me how important it is to have the support of people around you for motivation and performance. From my experience in racing abroad, I know that having people willing you on inspires you to keep going. This is a great opportunity to rally up more support for Team GB athletes in Tokyo later this year. It's important we get behind Team GB from home and show that support. I'm very proud to be chosen to help Purplebricks with this campaign.”
Our third and final contributor is mouth artist and former rugby player Henry Fraser. Henry taught himself to paint using his mouth after being paralysed from the neck down.
“As someone from a very sporty household, the Olympics were a big event in our family. To be part of this year’s Games in some way is very exciting, especially because creating this artwork challenged me and is not the kind of thing I would normally paint or create. To be working with Ness [Raw] and Joe [Joyce] on this campaign is wicked and has given some more validation to what I’ve been doing as a mouth artist.”
“The Olympics really bring people together and hopefully projects like this get people excited about the Olympics. I think Team GB will have a lot of support from home. It’s one of the things that we do so well in this country.”
We will be revealing the three pieces of art in the coming weeks so keep an eye on our social feeds. We’ll also have details on how you can get an exclusive limited-edition print of the artwork, so watch this space!
- 25 January 2021