Charity art auction fundraiser for survivors of torture

Auction in aid of victims of torture. Pic: M C Morgan

Art auction. Pic: M C Morgan

Freedom from Torture, an organisation that helps rehabilitate survivors of torture, will hold an art auction in Wapping next week with all proceeds going to the charity.

Edmund de Waal, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Michael Craig-Martin are among the famous names to have donated pieces to the auction. The Alan Cristea Gallery in London’s West End has also donated pieces by Sir Peter Blake, David Hockney, and John Hoyland.

In total more than 80 pieces will be up for grabs in the auction, which is titled ‘Artists Drawing a Line Under Torture’.

The auction will be conducted by Hugh Edmeads, International Director of Auctioneering at auction house Christie’s. He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be supporting Freedom from Torture’s vital work. The Art Auction is a fantastic opportunity to help survivors of torture and to go home with an incredible piece of contemporary art in the process.”

The group’s last auction in 2011 raised £110,000 from sales and donations.  The funds raised are put towards medical consultations, examination and documentation of injuries, and psychological treatment for torture victims.

Keith Best, the chief executive of Freedom from Torture, said that the event is “a great opportunity to generate the much-needed funds to help us help survivors of torture.”

He added: “We help rebuild the lives of some of the most vulnerable people living in the UK today and we rely heavily on the generosity of individual donors… I’m sure the auction will be an opportunity for people to take home a work by one of their favourite artists while supporting Freedom from Torture at the same time.”

Four torture survivors and members of the organisations’ Open Art Studio have also donated their work to the event.

The auction, which is free to attend, kicks off at 6pm on November 13.

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