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  • Auction of Contemporary Works on Paper
    April 27, 2005 LONDON, UK.

    Camden Arts Centre is holding a fundraising auction at Christie’s South Kensington as part of a series of special events celebrating its first year in its refurbished building. The auction is on 18 May at Christie’s, 85 Old Brompton Street, London SW7 3LD.

    The auction will include many highly collectable works by contemporary artists such as: Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane, Bridget Riley, Peter Doig, Martin Creed, Cerith Wyn Evans, Anish Kapoor, Michael Craig Martin, Wilhelm Sasnal and Sophie Calle. The value of works on offer will suit a range of budgets from new collectors to established dealers.

    Camden Arts Centre is internationally renowned for its exhibition and education programmes which are regarded as innovative, intelligent and thought provoking; putting the highest calibre of contemporary art practice at the heart of its local agenda. Its recent £4.6m building redevelopment programme (the building re-opened to the public in January 2004) has enhanced the existing gallery and education facilities and created new social spaces for benefit of ever-greater numbers of visitors and artists alike. For example it could fund a ceramics workshop, a mentoring project for vulnerable teenagers or a mixed media workshop for children from the local community.

    The proceeds from the fundraising auction will support Camden Arts Centre’s pioneering programme of artist-led education activities which caters to people of all ages and abilities. Talking about the auction as an exciting fundraising opportunity for Camden Arts Centre and a chance for the public to buy unique works by some of today’s most exciting and eagerly observed artists, Jenni Lomax, Director of Camden Arts Centre said:

    “Artists and their work always form the heart of our activities and we are delighted and extremely grateful for the generosity of all those who have contributed to our fundraising efforts. This auction at Christie’s follows a sale in November 2003 when works donated by Marlene Dumas, Antony Gormley, Thomas Hirschhorn, Chris Offili, Yinka Shonebare and Richard Tuttle were sold to support the building scheme. This time we have invited artists to donate photographs and works on paper so that we can offer more accessibly priced work to a greater number of our friends and supporters.”

    Since Camden Arts Centre reopened in January 2004 following a £4.6m building redevelopment programme, visitors have benefited from enhanced gallery spaces showcasing the best in new and emerging art from the UK and abroad, and studio facilities for painting, drawing, ceramics and talks. Camden Arts Centre has received invaluable support from Christie’s in arranging the auction.