Saatchi Gallery 2010
Art of Giving, on October 8th-9th, took over the Saatchi Gallery, London, to hold the largest ever sale of art for charity. Over sixty artists, many renowned names included, and major London galleries Scream and FAS London rallied together to raise funds for thirteen charities.
The Art of Giving event raised over £140k for charity and the Private Preview was attended by 2500 guests, the most people who have ever attended a Saatchi Gallery event in one evening.
The event comprised a two day exhibition with a silent auction, interactive events, with art from the finalists of Art of Giving's 2010 Open Art Competition. In addition, on the 7th October, there were private views, awards and a live auction hosted by Lord Archer and Jonathan Horwich of Bonhams and on the evening of the 9th October, the Sunday Times held an exclusive viewing offered to their readers involving speeches by some of the exhibiting artists.
The list of participating artists included: Terry O'Neill, Beezy Bailey, Jonathan Baldock, Johnnie Clarke, Dan Coombs, Keith Coventry, Hugo Dalton, Leonardo Drew, Mark Evans, Bruce French, Christian Furr, Steve Goddard, Hassan Hajjaj, Tony Heywood, Henry Krokatisis, Cambridge Jones, Penny Lamb, Che Lovelace, Allie Mackie, Oliver Marsden, Alexa Meade, Allan Warren, Zak Ove, Pak Poom Silopham, Gavin Turk and Russell Young.
The charities supported by the Art of Giving at the Saatchi event were Crisis/Michael AZ Art Fund for the homeless; CHASE & The Shooting Star Children's Hospice; Red Cross; Elsa Conservation Trust and George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust; Classic FM's Music Makers; Independent Age, which provides help for the disadvantaged elderly; Moorfield Eye Hospital; Stepping Stones Nigeria; House of Fairy Tales, an educational charity run by artists Gavin Turk and Deborah Curtis; One Drop, an initiative for Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil which plays a key role in working towards making safer water accessible to all; and Right to Play, a charity which works to improe the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.
Each charity was given a room or area in the Saatchi Gallery where they raised awareness of their work and represented artists whose works were for sale. Many of the charities had interactive exhibits for the public to participate in such as a paintball perspex box organised by Right to Play for the Chelsea Football Club.