Artists Drawing a Line Under Torture

Above Image:  Antony Gormley, FALL, 2012  © the artist

Leading artists donate artworks for Freedom from Torture auction

Edmund de Waal, Marc Quinn, Sir Howard Hodgkin, Antony Gormley and Jake & Dinos Chapman are among more than 60 British-based artists who are donating works to a major art auction on 19 November in aid of the human rights charity Freedom from Torture.


The silent auction ( will be live from 1 November and will continue until the evening of 19 November, when the major works will be on sale at the live auction. More information will be released closer to the event.

The Artists Drawing a Line Under Torture also include Michael Aubrey, Marc Quinn, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gillian Ayres, Quentin Blake, Jonathan
, Michael Craig-Martin, Ian Davenport, Jim Dine,
Hayden Kays, David Nash, Julian Opie and Richard Woods.

Mayfair’s prestigious Alan Cristea Gallery which has been supporting Freedom from Torture’s for the last nine years is once again donating works. The live auction will be conducted by Hugh Edmeades of Christies, the world’s largest art business and fine arts auction house.

In 2015, Freedom from Torture marks its 30th anniversary. Since 1985, it has been the only human rights charity dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors seeking protection in the UK. It does this primarily through offering psychological and physical therapies, creative projects, forensic documentation of torture and practical assistance.


The art auction will be accompanied by a free public exhibition of the works open daily from 18 – 22 November 2015.

Hosted in the atmospheric rooms of the Bargehouse on London’s South Bank, this will be a rare opportunity to see such a large and diverse group of artists exhibiting alongside each other.

Contributing artist Hayden Kays says:

“I find it hard to comprehend that in 2015 humanity is still having to fight against such abhorrent acts, torture is something that should be confined to the pages of history, but shockingly it is still very much prominent today. It’s been an honour to contribute towards the incredible work the Freedom from Torture charity is doing. I hope my donation will not only help to raise much needed funds, but also awareness for the charity, the cause and the victims themselves. Torture has no place in modern day society and what people do today will change the lives of sufferers tomorrow.”

Alan Cristea says:

“Every day survivors of torture battle with the horrors of their past. Freedom from Torture is the only organisation in the UK that works to support and rehabilitate them. It stands with them, supports them through the healing process, helps to rebuild shattered lives and restores faith in humanity. No one else does the vital work that Freedom from Torture carries out and that’s why I’m happy to do all I can to support its work again this year.”

Exhibition curator Katherine Mellor, of Katherine Mellor Arts, said:

I am thrilled to be working with Freedom from Torture on this exciting auction and exhibition. Artists Drawing A Line Under Torture will showcase not only the best of contemporary art, by artists including Jake & Dinos Chapman and Antony Gormley, but the amazing work created by the charity’s clients. Freedom from Torture is a cause that resonates strongly with the creative community, highlighting the importance of art as a form of expression and a foundation stone of our health and wellbeing.

Samuel Asmelash, a survivor of torture and exhibiting artist has also quoted;

I would like to say thank you to Freedom of Torture for offering me a space as a client and mental health visitor at the Open Art studio. I would also like to thank those doctors, nurses, therapists, and so on who work hard and have contributed to me becoming a normal healthy person. I had a beautiful time and great enjoyment with fully equipped art materials at the studio and a professional therapist.

This is the ninth Freedom from Torture art auction, which is held biennially. It is the largest single fundraising event for the charity and the last event in 2013 raised more than £100,000. All funds go to support Freedom from Torture’s vital work providing physical and psychological support to torture survivors. In 2014 over 1,300 survivors were referred to Freedom from Torture for services, yet such is the demand that many more could be helped if resources were available.

In addition to the London exhibition, there will be two other art auctions raising money for Freedom from Torture in November, held in Birmingham and Manchester.

Duration 01 November 2015 - 19 November 2015
Times EXHIBITION : 18 – 22 November 2015 // 11AM - 6PM
Venue Bargehouse
Address Oxo Tower Wharf London SE1 9PH, ,
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