Hollywood star Michael Sheen showed his support for a fundraiser for leading Welsh mental health charity, Gofal, by signing a portrait of himself to be auctioned.
The portrait – created in coffee – was created by distinctive food artist and Britain’s Got Talent runner up, Nathan Wyburn, as part of a weeklong fundraiser being held by artisan café bar KIN+ILK.
Nathan, renowned for his unique portraits of celebrities using food and household objects, created four masterpieces a day from Monday 24 April using speciality coffee served in Pontcanna-based KIN+ILK. Newport-born Michael Sheen was one of a host of stars including Matt Johnson, Derek Brockway and Prince Harry all receiving the Wyburn treatment.
KIN+ILK has been supporting Gofal since it appointed PS Properties and Interiors, a social enterprise that reinvests its profits into Gofal, to fit-out its Capital Quarter Café Bar in January 2016, Pontcanna Café Bar in June 2016 and Capital Quarter 2 in November 2016.
Nathan too spends a great deal of time supporting numerous charities, including BulliesOut for which he is an ambassador. Speaking about linking up with Gofal, he said: “I think it’s important to support and talk about all mental health issues. I think creative people, like myself, can often feel tortured in our own heads and become our own worst enemies – whether that’s professionally or personally. Raising awareness and getting rid of that stigma behind the words ‘mental health’ is a must.”
Both Nathan and KIN+ILK have a unique and creative offering. Nathan continued: “I think KIN+ILK and I are a great partnership because they have a very modern, forward thinking approach to the business. I love creativity, obviously, and anything outside of the box – these guys have that down and this is going to be great fun!”
Alex Jenkins, director of KIN+ILK, said: “When we set out we had a strong vision for KIN+ILK in that each of our venues would serve great coffee and locally-sourced food in a distinctively designed environment allowing our customers – or our ILK – to meet, eat, drink, connect and collaborate in calm and inspiring spaces.
“We’ve definitely achieved this, and people often comment about the unique décor and style of our cafes. Having Nathan showcase his artworks in our Cathedral Road branch and create these original pieces has been very exciting.”
The five day event culminated on the Friday with a raffle and the opportunity to purchase the creations with proceeds being donated to Gofal.
To find out more about KIN+ILK visit www.kinandilk.com, or to see more of Nathan’s work visit www.nathanwyburn.co.uk.