Unicef UK announced yesterday that 35 world-renowned artists have donated artworks to their first ever contemporary art auction, SyriART, which will raise vital funds to help protect Syrian children from danger.
Hugh Scott-Douglas, Dan Rees, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Urs Fischer and Juergen Teller are among the acclaimed line up of artists who have donated works to the auction which will take place at Phillips Auction House on Tuesday 11th December.
All funds raised from the sales will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide children in Syria and refugee children in five neighbouring countries – Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt – with vital aid and support, as part of the largest humanitarian operation in history. Over seven million Syrian children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The UK Government will match all UK public donations and successful bids to SyriART £1 for £1, meaning your support could help twice as many children.
Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull said:
“Millions of Syrian children are in danger and in urgent need of food, water, vaccinations and psychological support. Children have borne the brunt of this dreadful and long running conflict and witnessed unbearable violence. Unicef will not rest until we reach every child in danger. SyriArt is bringing together artists from across the globe to raise vital funds for Syrian children.”
Chant Avedissian, Ayman Baalbaki, Yto Barrada, Joe Black, Lita Cabellut, Martin Creed, Peter Doig, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin, Mounir Fatmi, Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Antony Gormley,Maggi Hambling, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Long, Alastair Mackie, Kate Mccgwire, Harland Miller, Youssef Nabil, Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Ciara Phillips, Dan Rees, Lucien Samaha,
Wilhelm Sasnal, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Richard Serra, Juergen Teller, Gavin Turk, Christopher Wool, Zhang Enli, Toby Ziegler.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk