Over 300 high-profile art lovers and senior business executives from the worlds of architecture, property and construction have raised more than £50,000 for the leading humanitarian architecture charity, Article 25. Now in its ninth year, the annual art auction raised the money to enable its ongoing work with vulnerable communities around the world.
Attendees bid in live and silent auctions for more than 100 pieces of art, all focused around this year’s theme; the Isle of Dogs. Known for its long history of redevelopment, the artists were inspired by the historic landmarks, diverse communities and champions of commerce past and present, resulting in a rich tapestry of perspectives on the area.
This year, the auction was run by ex-Sotherby’s auctioneer Adrian Biddell, who held the attention of the crowds with impressive works from the likes of Sir David Adjaye OBE, Zaha Hadid Architects and Kengo Kuma. Auction lots of particular note include those from James Hart Dyke, Sir Antony Gormley OBE, Alberto Giacometti and KAWS.
All the funds raised will go to support Article 25 as it looks to complete a new outpatient department in Purulia, India, phases three and four of a pre-school for disabled children in Tanzania and the continuation of essential works for the Yangon General Hospital, Myanmar. In 2020 the charity will also start the design and construction of 1,700 homes on the island of Dominica which were destroyed by a hurricane.
Since its launch 13 years ago, Article 25 has worked on more than 90 projects in 34 countries making it the most far-reaching architectural non-governmental organization in the world. Importantly, Article 25 work with local partners for each project to ensure that local knowledge and relationships are maximised, and that buildings are sustainable even after its involvement has ended.
Sunand Prasad, of Penoyre & Prasad and Chair of Article 25’s trustees board, commented: “I would like to thank the artists who contributed such fantastic pieces of work, allowing us to raise the vital funds needed to support Article 25 in its ongoing work alongside communities in need of essential shelter. Often these people are facing the most deep-seated poverty challenges in the world, so the charity’s work to provide the resources and skills needed to face up to such challenges is ever important.
“Without the generosity and support we receive through events such as these, I am certain Article 25 would not be able to make the far-reaching impact that it does today.”
About Article 25
Article 25 works closely together with local communities to design and construct sustainable buildings like schools, health clinics and training centres. Through engaging the local beneficiaries in community participation workshops, communities are able to take ownership of their project; in doing so Article 25 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.
Staffed by a team of skilled professionals and volunteers with essential experience working in both the developing and developed world, Article 25 has the ability to deal with situations which involve high levels of risk, requiring an agile response to project management whilst providing a service expected from a professional design practice.
Since its foundation in 2006, Article 25 has worked on over ninety projects in more than thirty countries, making a difference to the lives of more than one million people. The proceeds from the 10×10 London auction allows Article 25 to continue its work in the world’s most vulnerable communities.