Timed for Frieze London, more than 20 artworks by leading international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Virgil Abloh x Takashi Murakami, James Turrell, Joana Vasconcelos, Harold Ancart, Michael Craig-Martin, Annie Morris and Jennifer Bartlett, have been donated for an auction in support of children’s charity, Make-A-Wish® UK.
The Art of Wishes auction and gala dinner, set to take place on 1 October, raises and provides key funding for this independent charity. Proceeds from the 2017 event played a vital role in enabling Make-A-Wish UK to grant over 1,000 children’s wishes in 2018, the largest number in a single year to date.
From the dazzling smile of Stuart Pearson Wright’s female portrait Hasta Mañana (2012) that reflects a child’s wish to be famous, to Ian Kiaer’s breezy pink palms in Quick City, (red cloth) (2018) that echoes a child’s wish to go on holiday with his best friend, each artist has donated works to resonate with a child’s wish.
In advance of the invite-only event on 1 October, a showcase preview of the artworks will be open to the public at Phillips auction house gallery space from 19 – 20 September. Further information at the Make-A-Wish UK website here.
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.