The Houses of Parliament host a charity art auction of art to raise money for projects benefitting disadvantaged communitieS around the world.
On Saturday 13 December 2014, the Houses of Parliament opens its doors for the second ‘Smile Britannia’ - a groundbreaking night where works by the UK’s foremost contemporary and urban artists are auctioned, supporting projects improving lives all over the world.
Last year pieces from Banksy, Nick Walker and Shepherd Fairey went under the hammer, raising over £80,000 for charitable causes.
This year the collection features works by leading artists including Goldie, Inkie, Copyright and Turner Prize winner Richard Long, In keeping with this year's theme of contrast we are also including works from highly established artists Pablo Picasso and El Greco:
The ‘Smile Britannia’ collaboration between London Westbank Gallery, the Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation and Temwa has already helped thousands of people around the world with the money raised at last year’s event.
The Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation ran a project with 350 DJ’s performing ‘Sets For Peace’ in over 30 countries for ‘Peaceday’, funding the installation of clean drinking water in rural India.
The London Westbank Gallery ran a project in collaboration with ‘Goldfinger Factory’, a social enterprise empowering disadvantaged communities in London, training practitioners in arts and craftsmanship, providing people from London's most deprived areas with new skills and increased confidence.
Temwa trained over 1,400 Malawian farmers in sustainable agricultural practices who are now able to feed their families and pass this training on to future generations. The charity also supported groups of vulnerable HIV positive teenagers providing access to vital information on health, reproduction and nutrition.
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DATE OF EVENT 13 December 2014 LOCATION: Houses of Parliament INTERVIEWEES: Paul Saunders - Director - London Westbank Gallery Johnny Lee - Founder, Last Night a DJ Saved my Life Foundation Jo Hook - Director, Temwa
At the event, high profile guests from the art, fashion and music worlds will unite for a common cause, to make a profound difference to some of the most deprived communities in the world. Artists will donate works concentrating on the subject of celebrating diversity and contrast, breaking down the barriers to progress, and reaching out to the youth of today on the basis of street-credible culture and subject matters commanding their respect.
JONNY LEE, FOUNDER OF LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE FOUNDATION:
“This event being able to take place at the Houses of Parliament helps us to raise money through art for the people who need it and shows us how much has changed, how the barriers have come down. We never thought dance music and graffiti art would be invited into the House of Commons and now here we are. Together we’re making a difference through art, to those who need it most.”
PAUL SAUNDERS, DIRECTOR OF LONDON WESTBANK GALLERY:
“Art is an incredible way to break through to the youth of today - a lot of them are just trying to survive and don’t have time to think about art. People from different sides of the fence are coming together to change that.”
JO HOOK, UK DIRECTOR OF TEMWA:
“That’s what ‘Smile Britannia’ is all about - making a difference, changing lives. Kids in this country need a way in which to reach out and speak out and art is a way to do that.”
Advance tickets £100 plus booking fee
available to buy online at londonwestbank.com.
Tickets secure entry to both events: the auction at the houses of parliament and the afterparty at the Groucho Club
Please note, due to capacity tickets are strictly limited.
Online, phone and reserve bidding will be introduced for the first time this year. If you are unable to attend, you can still bid for a piece of history!
Notes to Editors: Interviews: Please contact interviewees directly to arrange interviews. Paul Saunders, Director of London Westbank Gallery - 07850 262 313 Tommy Blaquiere, Director of London Westbank Gallery International Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian +44 (0) 7875 744 243 Jonny Lee, Founder of ‘Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation’ - 07778 105 044 Jo Hook, UK Director of ‘Temwa’ - 07980 652 177
About the event organisers & charity project facilitators:
The Smile Britannia Project supports London-based youth art projects dedicated to using art as a tool for social regeneration and community. Using world-class graffiti and contemporary artists, Smile Britannia encourages and facilitates the development of arts culture across London's youth.
The London Westbank Gallery is a contemporary art gallery based in Notting Hill featuring an eclectic collection of contemporary artists, embracing the distinguished, the controversial and the cool. Westbank's core process is the display of energetic and exciting work from well-established and emerging talent alike
The Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation unites the global dance music community to raise vital awareness and funds for humanitarian, social and environmental causes.
Registered charity no. 1142478
Temwa supports communities in improving health education services, agriculture, forestry, micro-finance, skills training and schools in Northern Malawi.
Registered charity no. 1101090