Monday February 24, 2020

Our Fundraising Auction & Dinner at Christie’s on Thursday 20th February was a complete success! The evening raised over £40,000 for Art Academy London.

Six works by Academy Tutors were auctioned on the evening, and another 12 of our tutor’s works were displayed on the walls for sale. Academy Pathway Leaders, Alison Hand and Julian Wild, spent the day curating the artworks for display. It was incredible to see the final hang of tutor’s work under specialist lighting at the renowned auction house.

Once the evening’s (around 120) guests started arriving the space came to life. A pop-up studio was set up in one of the anti-rooms, so that guests could do some life drawing before dinner. Academy students: Suzon Lagarde, Paul Starns, Ruth Swain and Richa Vora led the life drawing.

Arlene Blankers auctioned the six artworks by Academy tutors, saying it was “the most fun” she has had as an auctioneer. Guests took a particular shine to our canvases (with evening class paintings) which were used to represent our silent lots. By the end of the night, the canvases were sold at auction as well!

We are so grateful to all of our donors, who are listed on the last pages of the Auction Brochure. We are also very thankful to Academy staff for all the hard work that went into the event’s organisation. It was a true highlight in the Academy calendar.