Freedom from Torture Art Week

From Wednesday 23 November to Monday 28 November 2011, Freedom from Torture held our first ever Art Week as artists came together to 'Draw a Line Under Torture'. 

This Art Week made over £110,000 to help our work rebuilding the lives survivors of torture and organised violence.

In addition to our biennial art auction, we hosted a series of events during the preceding week, at The Loading Bay Gallery on Shoreditch’s bustling Brick Lane. These events ranged from a drama and music night on Thursday 24 to an important panel discussion on Friday 25, which placed the spotlight on the ongoing torture Sri Lanka, a country from where many Freedom from Torture clients originate.

The events were launched with an exhibition of works created by Freedom from Torture clients who attend our Open Art Studio and culminated with our 2011 Art Auction on 28 November.

You can see all art donated, as well as media, photographs, thank you's and our graffiti walls on this special feature page by clicking on the links to the side.

Wednesday 23rd November

Open Art Studio Private View

‘Thirty-Six Pounds’ is an exhibition of work by survivors of torture, from the Open Art Studio at Freedom from Torture. Please join us for a unique opportunity to view the work of this studio, a studio where many survivors of torture have begun to recover through creating art work.

This event is now closed.

Loading Bay Gallery, 91 Brick Lane,
London, E1 6QL
6 – 9pm
This event is now closed.

Thursday 24th November

Artist Draw a Line: Performance Night

A medley of amazing artists, including comedians, poets, magicians, musicians, actors, illustrators and more are getting together to Draw a Line Under Torture and put on a fantastic evening at the Loading Bay Gallery, Brick Lane. Come and join us for a drink and a Private View and performance.

This event is now closed.

Loading Bay Gallery, 91 Brick Lane,
London, E1 6QL
7 – 11 pm
Admission: £4 on the door


Monday 28th November

Freedom from Torture’s 2011 Art Auction

Click here to go through to our 2011 ART AUCTION WEBSITE and view all art, place absentee bids and RSVP (now closed).

Leading contemporary artists unite against torture and organised violence. We are delighted to invite you to our 2011 Art Auction as leading visual artists unite to raise funds to support the organisation’s work with survivors of torture and organised violence.

Antony Gormley, Paula Rego, Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk, Stuart Semple, Gordon Cheung, Joe Tilson, Julian Opie, Gillian Ayres and Michael Craig Martin are among a host of over 50 leading contemporary artists who have donated works to be part of this extraordinary auction. Jake & Dinos Chapman and Edmund de Waal have created a new work specifically for the purpose of the event.

The auction, supported by Christie’s, takes place at Village Underground on the 28th November 2011, and includes a silent auction throughout the evening as well as a live auction of twenty lots. Guide prices start at £350.

Friday 25th November

Values and human rights in UK foreign policy: Where now after Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields?

More than two years after the end of the civil war, torture and abuse in Sri Lanka continues while accountability for alleged war crimes committed by both sides to the conflict remains elusive. Join Freedom from Torture and Channel 4 to discuss what role the UK can play within the international community in pursuing an end to impunity and the protection of those at risk from torture.

This event is now closed.

Location: The Loading Bay Gallery,
91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Time: 6 – 8:30pm

Saturday 26th November

Pop-up Shop

Freedom from Torture will be hosting up Pop Up Shop filled to the brim with art and craft, clothes and food and games all in aid of their art week, Artists Drawing a Line Under Torture.

This event is now closed

The Loading Bay Gallery,
91 Brick Lane,
London. E1 6QL
10am – 5pm
Admission: Free