Freedom from Torture - Art auction of exclusive works raises record-breaking total for Freedom from Torture

Art auction of exclusive works raises record-breaking total for Freedom from Torture

Thursday evening saw artworks from some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world go under the hammer to raise funds for Freedom from Torture. This unique collection can still be viewed at the Drawing a Line Under Torture exhibition at London’s Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, until Sunday, 12 November.

Participating artists included Antony Gormley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Quentin Blake, Cornelia Parker, Michael Craig-Martin, Julian Opie, Howard Hodgkin, Edmund de Waal and Gillian Ayres. Pieces by these leading artists were auctioned alongside a selection of original, moving artwork created by clients in Freedom from Torture’s art therapy programme.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this prestigious event, the evening began with a special collaboration by leading stage and screen actor Simon Russell Beale CBE and members of Freedom from Torture’s creative writing group, Write to Life. The troupe delivered a one-off performance of Write to Life’s original works drawn from the members’ personal experiences.

The evening’s auction raised a fantastic total of over £140,000 for Freedom from Torture’s work with torture survivors - a new record for any special event by the charity. Director of Fundraising and Communications, Sherine Krause, thanked all those who attended, sponsored and donated their time and energy to make the evening such a success. She said,

“I would like to say a special thank you the artists and galleries who have so generously donated their artwork to Freedom from Torture for this extraordinary auction. Through our work with torture survivors we know that art can be an incredibly powerful tool for them to rediscover meaning and hope in their lives.”

Bidding is now closed, but the full catalogue of works can be viewed online or at the Drawing a Line Under Torture exhibition in London until Sunday, 12 November.

 

This event has been kindly supported by...

Thomas Gibson Fine Art   |   Triodos Bank

90 Degrees Framers | Alan Cristea Gallery | Blackwall | Blue Apron | Farr Vintners | Investing Ethically

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