Well known artists, architects and designers will take to the streets of London’s West End to create artworks for a high profile charity auction and exhibition, as part of the 10×10 Drawing Weekend, on the 15th and 16th September 2012.

Fashion designer Paul Smith, artists Jake & Dinos Chapman, architect Dame Zaha Hadid, and design guru Sir Terence Conran are amongst the 100 participants of this year’s ‘10×10 London: Drawing the City,’ in aid of Article 25, one of the UK’s leading development and disaster relief charities.

The event will see the city being captured in new ways, with artworks exhibited at Somerset House in advance of an auction by Sotheby’s on 15th November.

A host of award-winning architects will also take part in the event, including Lord Foster, David Adjaye, current RIBA President Angela Brady and London cable car designer Chris Wilkinson. They will be joined by artist Ben Johnson, as well as historic buildings expert and TV presenter Dr Jonathan Foyle. Each contributor has been assigned a position within a 10 x 10 grid of London’s West End, which they will record in a medium and style of their choice.

Also on Saturday 15th September, there is the opportunity for members of the public to get involved with a free drawing workshop for adults, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Gilles & Cecilie Studio. The drawings produced during the workshop will be displayed on the 10×10 website and one drawing will be chosen to be exhibited at Somerset House.

‘10 x 10 London: Drawing the City’ is an annual cultural event where a grid of 100 squares is laid over a particular area of London – this year it’s the turn of the West End. Each participant is then allocated a square and creates an original artwork inspired by the buildings and public space within it.

The artworks will be displayed in an exhibition at Somerset House from 1st to 14th November 2012, with visitors being given the opportunity to bid in an open electronic auction. The culmination of the exhibition will be a live auction of 25 selected pieces by Sotheby’s at Somerset House. All the proceeds of the auction go to Article 25, one of the few international charities involved in the built environment. www.10x10london.com
Article 25 is a UK registered charity named after the 25th Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which demonstrates that adequate shelter and housing are fundamental to our human rights. We are a team of specialists who design and construct buildings, providing schools, homes, health facilities and childcare centres wherever there is disaster, poverty or need. We offer essential expertise to aid agencies, charities, community organisations, and NGOs in order to facilitate and execute their built projects on the ground. We have worked with Save the Children, the Red Cross, UN Habitat, Muslim Aid, Merlin and many others.

In just 5 years this charity has undertaken more than 50 projects in 20 countries, and have provided shelter and education to an estimated 15,000 people, most of whom are vulnerable children. The volunteer database is over 600 strong and growing. They aim to provide more than structures, ensuring that our buildings and the process of construction effectively enhance livelihoods, build capacity, and add value to the economy by using local labour and materials. The key value is in making donor funds go much further by providing bigger and better buildings that last longer, and have a more sustainable design. We believe that there should never be a life or livelihood lost for the want of the built solution that will serve or preserve it. They deliver more than a building, realising the vital role of built environment solutions in enabling the fulfilment of universal human rights.

Members of the public have the opportunity to exhibit at Somerset House next to London’s greatest architects, artists, and designers such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, and Paul Smith as part of Article 25’s 10 x 10 London charity auction. The 10 x 10 London Drawing Workshop, presented by the Museum of Architecture, will take place on Saturday 15th September from 2-4pm.  The workshop will be led by leading illustrator, CecilieBarstad of Gilles and Cecilie Studio.  One drawing will be chosen from the workshop by Article 25 to be exhibited at Somerset House.  The workshop is free and open to all ages and abilities, but spaces are limited. Enquiries should be directed to info@museumofarchitecture.org


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