In celebration of the Save the Children’s centenary this year, ten renowned international artists have composed new works for the cause. Working under the theme of childhood, artists include the likes of Tracey Emin CBE, RA – who, alongside Sir Nicholas Serota, has curated the collection – David Shrigley, Martin Creed, Rose Wylie, RA, Harland Miller, Katherine Bernhardt, Benjamin Senior, Rob Pruitt, Joyce Pensato and Sir Antony Gormley, RA.
Offering an opportunity to purchase a piece of work by prominent figures in contemporary art, the limited edition prints are available to purchase at Counter Editions. The funds raised will be equally split between Save the Children, the artist, and Counter Editions – the publisher of the prints.
Greg Nugent, who was responsible for the Cultural Olympiad and former director at London 2011 – a programme of cultural events that accompanied the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics – approached Counter Editions and Save the Children on the topic of producing a new portfolio in order to help raise funds as part of the charity’s centenary. The request follows the success of the previous London 2012 collection of prints.
Within the portfolio, works include Tracey Emin’s lithograph I Loved My Innocence (2019), edition of 200, David Shrigley’s screenprint I Love… (2019), edition of 125, Martin Creed’s screenprint Work No. 3370 (2019), edition of 125 and Rose Wylie’s Singing in the Rain… (2019) lithograph with screenprint, in an edition of 100.
“This is an initiative that is incredibly special and important to me,” says project ambassador Tracey Emin, CBE, RA in a statement. “I truly believe that this will help change the lives of so many children worldwide – quite simply – giving them a future.”
Sir Nicholas Serota, chair of Arts Council England, comments: “The exceptional generosity of artists in supporting the centenary of Save the Children has resulted in some exciting images in an outstanding portfolio.”
Gemma Sherrington, executive director for fundraising and marketing for Save the Children says: “One hundred years on from when our founder Eglantyne Jebb challenged to stop ‘wars against children’, in countries like Yemen and Syria, the war on children is not over. It’s actually intensifying. That’s why Save the Children has continued to stand side by side with children helping them to survive and thrive so they can go on to build a better future.”
She continues: “But we can’t do it without the amazing support of the UK public. The money raised from the sale of the prints will help Save the Children to empower children to fulfil their incredible potential – not just here in the UK, but in more than 100 countries across the globe.”
Each print is signed, numbered and dated by the artist. Edition sizes for each artist will vary between 75-200 prints. Available to purchase from 2pm on Wednesday 18 September at countereditions.com.