Art UK, the nation's leading cultural education charity, has announced details of its upcoming September auction. The charity's USP is making art in UK public collections accessible to everyone. The platform hosts works by over 50,000 artists, including pieces by nearly 10,000 living artists. The website is the only national inventory of artists’ works in public collections and, in the case of public sculptures, in the streets and squares of Britain.
To best support this endeavour, Art UK will launch an auction and print sale on 13 September to raise funds for its schools learning resources, to grow the number of artworks on its platform and better serve underrepresented artists.
The initiative will feature some of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, alongside a roster of fresh and emerging talent, from sculptors to printmakers. The proceeds of the sale will not only go to support Art UK's ongoing work, but will be split equally among the artists - directly mirroring the charity's objective to support rising, yet often underrepresented, artists. Artists are the undoubted beating heart of Art UK. They are essential stakeholders and sharing the income raised is fundamental to how the charity works with artists.
"Ever since we started our work in 2003, artists have been central to what we do," explains Art UK director Andy Ellis. "They sit on our board, they help create our learning resources, they write for us and feature in our stories, and they give us permission to reproduce their works. But most importantly, they are the reason for the extraordinary art collection we all own, that Art UK shares with the world".
Over 60 artists are involved, including Rana Begum RA, Marius Bercea, Stephen Chambers RA, Eileen Cooper RA, Richard Deacon RA, David Mach RA, Humphrey Ocean RA, Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Veronica Ryan, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, Bob and Roberta Smith OBE RA, Bernar Venet and Rose Wylie RA. Even more artists are set to be announced later in the summer.
Cromwell Place, a beautiful new complex of galleries in South Kensington, will host the live auction on the 29 September, as well as a short exhibition of selected works from the collection.
For more information see The Auction Collective.
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