Penguin is marking its 85th anniversary by selling a range of fine art prints from Charlie Mackesy, Dapo Adeloa and others, with all profits going to the National Literacy Trust.
The specially commissioned prints are themed around the transformative power of books and reading. Priced at £85, the framed prints will go on sale via the Penguin Shop on 30th July 2020 for a limited period of 85 days. Members of the public will have until 23rd October to purchase one.
Alongside Mackesy and Adeola, Coralie Bickford-Smith, Jackie Morris and Vashti Harrison have also contributed to the project.
Will Smith, head of brand at PRH UK, said: “From its beginnings in 1935, Penguin has been indelibly associated with design excellence and visual inspiration. We’re proud to work with the very best and most loved artists and illustrators in the world. Marking our 85th anniversary with this project is a fitting nod to that heritage and supports an absolutely vital cause. At Penguin, we make books for everyone, because a book can change anyone.
“The National Literacy Trust effects tangible and lasting change in peoples’ lives across the country through books too. It’s hugely moving to see how this group of artists has depicted the transformative power of reading in these beautiful artworks. The saying goes that a picture paints a thousand words—these ones will no doubt inspire people to read thousands more.”
Jonathan Douglas, c.e.o. of the National Literacy Trust, said: "We have been working tirelessly with Penguin Random House to get books and vital literacy resources into the homes of children who need them most. We are hugely grateful for their ongoing support through this incredible fundraising initiative and to the artists who have contributed their valuable time and talent to capture the transformative power of reading through their creations. Together, we can continue to support the literacy of children who have been most seriously affected by COVID-19 and ensure that no child is left behind."