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Tracey Emin & Anthony Caro Help Homeless Charity Raise £340,000

08-05-2012
 
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Unique works of art by some of the world’s most celebrated artists have been sold for £340,000 at Christie’s in London, to raise funds for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people.

Unique works of art by some of the world’s most celebrated artists have been sold for £340,000 at Christie’s in London, to raise funds for Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people.

Works sold at the auction last night were by:  Sir Anthony Caro, Nathan Coley, Tracey Emin, Sean Henry, Nika Neelova, Yinka Shonibare, Gillian Wearing and Jonathan Yeo.

Over 200 art buyers packed out Christie’s for this landmark event which followed a six week exhibition of the works at Somerset House, which was visited by more than 11,000 people.

The artists’ works were in response to themes and issues relating to homelessness – isolation, property, security and space. The cost of creating the works was met by lead sponsor GlaxoSmithKline

The funds raised from the auction will fund Crisis in its work across the UK, both providing direct support to homeless people and campaigning for change.

Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis said: “The funds raised through the Crisis Commission auction will benefit hundreds of homeless people across the UK. And help Crisis bring a new focus to the worrying current rise in homelessness in society.”

Crisis operates education, training and employment services in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Merseyside, Edinburgh and Oxford. The charity offers practical and creative workshops to over 3,000 homeless people a year in an inspiring environment together with formal learning opportunities that lead to qualifications and finding work. Crisis runs these services in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Merseyside, Edinburgh and Oxford.

Unsold works at last night’s auction will be sold at Christie’s later in the year.

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