In exchange for a small donation to charity akt, you can download this beautiful piece of art, as well as helping towards LGBTQ+ youth getting much-needed support in the shape of safe housing and better futures. Donate today and we’ll send you your very own digital download of this fantastic piece for you to use!Donate + Get Your Art
Get it printed and on your wall
Save it as your computer background
Phone screen wallpaper
Customised Whatsapp wallpaper
Printed on a Vinyl for your wall
Facebook cover art
Twitter banner picture
Use it on a phone case
Print it on a mask
Make a coaster
We’d love to see what you do with this stunning image - share it with us on social @embryodigital with the hashtag #WearTheCape
Since their creation in 1989, akt has helped over 50,000 young LGBTQ+ people who are facing homelessness or living in a hostile or abusive environment by providing emergency accommodation and helping them look toward a brighter future through their digital mentoring programme.
"We’re so grateful to everybody that continues to support the work we do at akt." said Deputy CEO Carrie Reiners. "Without our volunteers, including creatives like Manchester Tom who dedicate their time and skills to support us in different ways, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.It’s the direct support of volunteers that helps us keep LGBTQ+ young people safe and housed"
She added: "While many of the young people we support in Manchester have experienced discrimination for being LGBTQ+, the city as a whole is loving and welcoming of everybody and we love that Manchester Tom has captured that. We’re also so pleased he’s chosen to support akt with the image, and the proceeds from the image will help us to ensure that no one young person has to choose between a safe home and being who they are."
The piece itself depicts a person standing in the middle of Manchester’s Oxford Street in a hazy, dream-like state with powerful beams of light reaching up to the sky directly in front of them. Each beam of light is a different colour representing the different colours of the LGBTQ+ flag. It's a truly stunning image that depicts everything that is colourful, hopeful and joyous about the community that is so central to Manchester’s identity.Donate + Get Your Art
Commenting on his artwork, Manchester Tom said:
" As this piece is inspired by the akt, I wanted to create something that speaks to the hope that young people feel when they arrive into a big city, thanks to the queer community that exists there. It’s often a bewildering and lonely experience, but the first time you discover some of these institutions it can open up a whole new world and seem like you’ve arrived in Oz. They can be a real haven from the trauma that is going on elsewhere in life. I hope this captures that feeling of hope on the horizon."
Once you’ve generously donated, you’ll receive an email with your digital assets. Let us know how you decide to #WearTheCape
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If you are someone who is under threat of homelessness as a result of coming out to your family or people in your household and are in need of support, please don’t hesitate to refer yourself to akt via their website, on the phone or via their live chat function. The team at akt will book a consultation and work with you to find the best solution for you, and you can see how they have helped people in the past by having a read of one of their case studies.
The team here at Embryo Digital would like to thank akt for the amazing work they do to help protect vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community. We’re proud to be working alongside them to raise money for an incredibly important and worthy cause.