An initial set of five masks were released yesterday, 1st June 2020, with a new design released every Monday at 11am for five concecutive weeks.
The masks will be sold for £19.99, or as packs of five for £79.99, and be produced with, and support an independent business in the UK, with all profits benefitting Migrate's charity partners, Refugee Community Kitchen
, who have been feeding homeless people
in the UK throughout lockdown.
The campaign aims to raise £10,000 which would allow Refugee Community Kitchen to provide 15,000 meals.
Simon Butler, founder, of Migrate Art said:
"This pandemic and lockdown has had a serious effect on charity funding, which ultimately negatively impacts the lives of the most vulnerable people in our societies.
"Refugee Community Kitchen have continued to put themselves at risk and have been out on the streets every week to feed the UK's homeless- they are some of the unsung heroes of this crisis.
"When we saw for-profit businesses start to pre-sell face mask designs, we saw an opportunity to raise money for a good cause, and create a beautiful, high quality product with some of our favourite artists.
"We want to offer a more morally- balanced alternative for people and to put some positivity out into the world during a challenging time."
Artists include the creative duo from FriendsWithYou, who have collaborated with Pharell Williams, J. Balvin and Alice + Olivia, as well as British artist Helen Beard, architecture and art polymath Richard Woods, and the king of doodling Jon Burgerman.
Refugee Community Kitchen added:
"Despite the chaos and devastation of the COVID-19 crisis, Refugee Community Kitchen has continued to serve nourishing food to people in need at points throughout the UK.
"We (provide) food to vulnerable individuals, families, food banks and other food outreach projects .. We need your support as more and more people feel the crushing impact of COVID-19.
"The demand for our food service continues to increase as the government scheme to put the homeless in hotels has ended and more people lose their incomes."