Background Bob and his amazing friends

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Background Bob: the the lockdown art project that became a global phenomenon

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You could have your very own collaborative artwork and be part of a positive global movement when Background Bob 2 goes under the eBay hammer in 2022.

All the artwork sold this year, along with proceeds of the book sale and other donations, raised over £100,000 – wow.

We are thrilled to confirm it will be used to redevelop the sensory room and garden at Colchester Hospital’s Children’s Department.

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Some of the 2021 artworks

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Project background

In April 2020, @Background_Bob, and his Dad sat down to do some painting. They knew a few street artists from their love of the art and visiting street art festivals and so posted on Instagram to ask if anyone wanted to collaborate on producing some pieces for a charity auction. Around 250 artists from around the world replied and work is still arriving!


By popular demand, a book was created bringing together all the work received prior to the deadline. In this inclusive project, everyone who took part is featured including, My Dog Sighs, Anna Schellberg, Pez, Trust.iCON, Carne Griffiths, Silent Bill, Dank, Toaster, Eelus, Penny, Snub, Mason Storm, JPS, Heath Kane, Ange Bell and Background Bob’s mum and dad.

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Fifty limited edition copies wrapped in a unique cover painted by Background Bob himself were also produced (and sold within days).

Thanks to the kindness of the artists, 100% of the profits from the book have been donated to us and will specifically benefit the Children’s Department at Colchester Hospital. The first book is not longer on sale, but book two is planned for autumn 2021. There will then be a second eBay auction in February 2022 – and we can’t wait!

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