New charitable initiative, the 100 Project provides a term of drawing tuition from the Prince’s Drawing School for 100 of east London’s committed and talented teenagers
Thanks to a new charitable project launched by Shoreditch-based, creative company Poke, art lovers can now snap up works by rising artists, photographers and illustrators while simultaneously enabling the talented youth of East London to develop their drawing skills.
Fifty-two artists have generously donated their work to the project and every week, a single piece will be auctioned online, with a reserve price of £100. All money raised will be used to allow 100 young people aged between 10 and 18 to attend after-school drawing classes run by the Prince’s Drawing School in Shoreditch – which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year as the only institution in the world, wholly dedicated to raising the standard and profile of observational drawing.
Among the artists who have donated work so far are photographer Mary McCartney, British Fashion Award winner Husam El Odeh and the cartoonist Tom Gauld.
Nick Farnhill, co-founder, Poke says: “Every year we like to do something to help make this area of London special. The 100 Project is this year’s idea and with help from artists of today, we can inspire the creative talent of tomorrow.”
He adds: “If the 100 Project can successfully auction one piece a week for a year, we could easily raise the money required to fund 100 teenagers through a term at the school.”
Mark Chester, Executive Director at the Prince’s Drawing School says: “This is a great initiative. Serious and sustained drawing tuition for children is rarely available. When it is, it often requires financial commitments beyond the means of many families. By teaching children to draw we are opening the door to careers in the digital and creative industries, art and design, architecture and engineering and this funding will allow far more children access to these opportunities”.
You can enjoy all 52 original pieces at the launch exhibition.