Idles auction artwork from album in aid of Samaritans

Indie band IDLES are beginning the auction of the artwork used in their latest album to raise funds for Samaritans on Friday 7 December. 

The band, who are currently touring in Spain, will be auctioning the art, which includes the back and front covers of Joy As An Act of Resistance and pieces inspired by each track on the album. 

The album includes the song Samaritans, which dissects and criticises the legacy of toxic masculinity, which can result in men not speaking out and getting help when they are struggling. 

The online auction of the 18 pieces of artwork, which have formed the basis of pop up exhibitions in London, New York and Paris, will begin at 9 am on Friday, and bidding will finish at 6pm on Sunday 9 December for the album cover, with staggered end times afterwards for the other artwork. 

IDLES frontman Joe Talbot said: "Samaritans represents something a lot of people don't have, which is someone to listen. It's saved a few people's lives that I know, and that's a beautiful thing." 

For full details and link to the auction, please go to: https://IDLES.lnk.to/joyauction

The artists include Joe Talbot and Orlando Weeks, former vocalist with the Macabees, Tom Ham and Tao Lashley-Burnley. 

Picture caption: On their petal: Idles are supporting Samaritans with their art auction 

Artwork credit: Tom Ham