Freedom from Torture - Freedom from Torture's art auction raises more than £92,000

Freedom from Torture's art auction raises more than £92,000

Artists helped to draw a line under torture by auctioning their works to raise money for Freedom from Torture on Wednesday 13 November 2013.

Art auction

In excess of £92,000 was raised by auctioning 80 lots by artists including Sir Peter Blake, Quentin Blake, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Michael Craig-Martin, Antony Gormley, David Hockney, John Hoyland, Julian Opie, Cornelia Parker, Marc Quinn, Paula Rego and Lisa Ruyter in live and silent auctions at the Studio Spaces venue in Wapping.

Four members of Freedom from Torture's Open Art Studio, a therapeutic art group for torture survivors, donated their work to be auctioned alongside works by some of the world's foremost contemporary artists.

But the star lot was ceramicist Edmund de Waal's work you are here, six ceramic vessels with gold on an aluminium shelf, which sold to an absentee bidder for £30,000 during the live auction conducted by Christie's International Director of Auctioneering Hugh Edmeades.

Trustee Daniel Dayan addressed guests in a speech and Hasani, a member of Freedom from Torture's creative writing group Write to Life, read a poem before the live auction.

Freedom from Torture chief executive Keith Best said:

"Torture is a sombre subject but last night, while all who contributed knew they were supporting the invaluable work we do with survivors, they were also able to enjoy themselves and be entertained, and to pick up works of art at reasonable prices from established artists and haunting work from survivors themselves.

"The moving poem from our client from Zimbabwe left no-one in any doubt of the importance of events such as this in widening our support among artists and others who are sensitive to human rights and the needs of those who have been so severely abused."

Michelin-starred chef Paul Merret and his team from The Victoria provided canapés to guests throughout the evening.

Thank you to everyone who supported us by attending the event, bidding high or making a donation in lieu of attendance. All the proceeds will go directly towards our work with survivors of torture and organised violence.

We are incredibly grateful and look forward to seeing you at the next auction in 2015!

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