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10×10 London Auction by Article 25

1 Nov 2020

Article 25 Auction Event

Preeminent artists and architects unite in Article 25’s flagship auction fundraiser.

What do Banksy, a Brexit piggy bank and the RIBA’s latest Gold Medallist, Sir David Adjaye, all have in common? They each feature in Article 25’s 10th anniversary art auction fundraiser.

Banksy ‘Di Faced Tenner’ (unframed):
Banksy Di Faced Tenner - Princess Diana note - Article 25 Auction Exhibition: 10x10 London
photo courtesy of artist via Article 25

Article 25, the UK’s leading humanitarian architecture charity, has today (30th October) launched its flagship fundraising event, 10×10 Drawing the City. Now in its 10th year, 10×10 brings together top artists, architects, sculptors and designers, to create and donate artworks inspired by London.

Alongside the likes of artists Grayson Perry, Banksy, and the R.A.’s President, Rebecca Salter, the charity has garnered the support of architectural and engineering leading lights Sir David Adjaye, Cecil Balmond and Laurie Chetwood.

Set to take place virtually as a silent auction due to current Covid-19 restrictions on events, the auction runs from 30th October through to 15th November, on the GiveFundraising platform.

The charity hopes to raise at least £50,000. With this year’s theme for 10×10 titled “Markets from Memory” the charity encouraged its artistic contributors to celebrate these local hubs of commerce and creativity through their creations.

The Lycée Amadou Hampaté Bâ Niamey is nearing completion of its first phase of construction:
The Lycée Amadou Hampaté Bâ Niamey, Niger, Africa - Article 25 Auction Exhibition: 10x10 London
photograph © Nicolas Réméné

Commenting on the event, Article 25’s Managing Director, David Murray said:

“We have received fantastic works of art from some really big names in the art, architecture and design worlds, this year. Through their artwork donations and the support of every bidder taking part in our silent auction, we can raise much-needed funding. We want to turn these beautiful works of art into major financial support for Article 25’s vital work, helping to turn vulnerable communities into thriving and resilient places.”

Named after the United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights and its statement for equality of access to shelter, Article 25 designs and builds schools, hospitals and homes in vulnerable communities worldwide. Since its foundation in 2006, the charity has worked on over ninety projects in thirty-six countries, helping people to recover and rebuild in the wake of natural disasters, conflict, and poverty.

Grayson Perry ‘Piggy Bank’:
Grayson Perry Piggy Bank
photo courtesy of artist via Article 25

By working with local communities, connecting a local workforce of skilled and unskilled workers, Article 25 helps people to gain better employment opportunities longer term, and encourages a strong sense of ownership and cohesion throughout the design and build process. The charity not only leaves behind excellent buildings, but also a society that has the ability to build for itself and create a positive future for generations to come.

The Lycée Amadou Hampaté Bâ Niamey, Niger, Africa:
The Lycée Amadou Hampaté Bâ Niamey, Africa building
photo © Nicolas Réméné

Murray continued “All the funds raised via our auction will directly support the charity’s work overseas. Take our current project in Niamey, Niger as an example, where literacy rates are lower than 30%. By creating a school that can comfortably accommodate 1,200 pupils, and involving the local community – including some of its senior students – in the construction process, we can help to tackle both literacy and employment challenges in one.”

Previously on e-architect:

Article 25 Architecture

10 x 10 Drawing the City exhibition & auction

10×10 Article 25 London Event

10×10 Drawing the City

London Artwork Auction : David Downes – St Pancras painting

Reports by Article 25

Gola Forest

Article 25 School Buildings

Article 25 Myanmar Cycle Team

Article 25 Buildings

Comments / photos for the Article 25 Auction Exhibition – 10×10 London welcome: info(at)e-architect.com

Website: Article 25 London