An exciting and irresistible selection of contemporary art from artists such as Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Idris Khan and Salvador Dali will be auctioned online, culminating in a live auction on Wednesday 1st October at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The BE INSPIRED Contemporary Art Auction is being hosted to raise vital funds for children with life-limiting illnesses, and for inspirational arts engagement programmes run for disadvantaged children by www.childrenandarts.org.uk.
Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts was set up with the fundamental belief that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts. The charity’s UK-wide arts engagement programmes work with deprived children from areas of social and economic disadvantage, and build partnerships between their schools and local high quality cultural venues. The charity takes children on a journey into their local arts venue and unlocks the arts for those who need to be inspired by them the most, raising children’s self-esteem and confidence, and nurturing their communication skills. Through the work of Children & the Arts, children learn that cultural venues are welcoming, accessible places to visit and since 2006, Children & The Arts has introduced over 300,000 children to life-changing arts experiences.
Every piece sold in the auction will allow more children to take part in Children & The Arts programmes, with a particular emphasis on the Start Hospices programme, which enables children with a life-limiting illness to enjoy special, organised family days out at local galleries, museums and theatres; bringing families together away from their usual day-to-day routine of clinical care and support at their local hospice. Chief Executive Jeremy Newton revealed that the money raised “will have a huge impact on our work, not least our Start Hospices programme, which gives families coping with this most difficult time a rare respite from the illness, allowing them to spend valuable time together in a new, relaxed but adapted and supported setting, enjoying arts activities and experiences that will stay with them forever.”
The auction itself is being run by Paddle8, whose Founder and President Alexander Gilkes said that the company was “honoured to be supporting Children & The Arts by presenting this auction to Paddle8’s community of 200,000 art collectors worldwide. The auction includes an outstanding group of artworks by some of the most coveted artists working today, and we are delighted to be a part of this.”
The online auction is available at wwww.paddle8.com/pfca. The live auction at the Saatchi Gallery on 1st October is by invitation only. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.