Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Deller, Rachel Whiteread and others auction off work for charity, Migrate Art

11 March 2019

Sara Shamma: Alien Two Head (Via Migrate Art)

Migrate Art, an organisation set up in 2016 to help those affected by the global refugee crisis, has announced Multicolour, a new exhibition and auction fundraising for this cause. The exhibition will be on show at Cork Street Galleries from 20-31 March, with an auction on 11 April and will include the work of high-profile artists including Anish Kapoor, Jeremy Deller, Rachel Whiteread and Mark Wallinger.

These significant names, along with many others, will produce works with coloured pencils salvaged from the Calais Jungle, formerly home to a community of approximately 10,000 refugees, demolished in 2016. Migrate Art collected the pencils during a visit to the Jungle after it was demolished.

“They found a flattened wasteland where there had once been so much life,” reads a recent press release. “From the rubble and dirt of a former school, a number of coloured pencils and crayons were salvaged. Continuing the Migrate Art ethos of developing positive, fundraising responses to the global refugee crisis, these pencils and crayons were collected and brought back to London.”

Over the past three years, Migrate Art has been working on projects such as this and, as a result, has raised tens of thousands of pounds to help individuals and communities who have been displaced by war. Initially founded by Simon Butler, he was later joined by Ian and Joe Syer, and together they have 20 years combined experience working in contemporary art.

Multicolour is at Cork Street Galleries, 9 Cork Street from 20-31 March. The works will then be sold in Phillips ‘New Now’ sale on 11 April.


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