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Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, David Shrigley and more create works for Save the Children’s centenary

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David Shrigley, I Love… (2019). Edition of 125, 4 colour screen print on Somerset Tub Sized Satin White 410gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © David Shrigley. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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.

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Tracey Emin, I Loved My Innocence (2019)Edition of 200. 1 colour lithograph on Somerset Velvet Warm White 400gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Tracey Emin. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Benjamin Senior, Ball Games (2019). Edition of 100. 6 colour lithograph on Somerset Velvet Soft White 300gsm. Printed by Coriander Studio, London. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Benjamin Senior. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Martin Creed, Work No. 3370 (2019). Edition of 125. Screenprint with 6 colour hand applied fluorescent glitter on Somerset Tub Sized Satin Radiant White 410gsm. Produced by Counter. Studio, Margate. Paper size: 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Installation size: 89.7 × 96.7 cm (35.3 × 38.1 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Martin Creed. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Harland Miller, High on Hope (2019). Edition of 75. 20 colour screen print on Somerset Radiant White tub Sized 410gsm. Printed by K2 Screen, London. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Harland Miller. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Rob Pruitt. Giant Pandas Spend About 12 Hours a Day Eating Up to 15 Kilograms of Bamboo. Bamboo is Rich in Protein as Well as Fibre, Which is Why They Poop Up to 50 Times a Day! Sometimes They Eat and Poop at the Same Time. (2019). Edition of 125. 6 colour screenprint with hand applied glitter on Somerset Tub Sized Satin Radiant White 410gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Rob Pruitt. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Antony Gormley, FREE (2019). Edition of 125. 4 colour lithograph with screenprint glaze and hand poured varnish on Somerset Tub Sized Satin White 410gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Antony Gormley. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Joyce Pensato, Margate Batman (2019). Edition of 125. 2 colour lithograph on Somerset Tub Sized Satin White 410gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed and dated by the artist © Joyce Pensato. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Katherine Bernhardt, African Violet (2019). Edition of 200. 10 colour lithograph on Somerset Velvet White 300gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Katherine Bernhardt. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com

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Rose Wylie, Singing in the Rain (2019). Edition of 100. 4 colour lithograph and screen print on Somerset Tub Sized Satin Radiant White 410gsm. Produced by Counter Studio, Margate. 76 × 60 cm (29.9 × 23.6 in). Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist © Rose Wylie. Courtesy of CounterEditions.com