Unicef UK to host their first ever contemporary art auction

Unicef UK can today announce that 35 world-renowned artists have donated artworks to their first ever contemporary art auction, SyriART, which will raise vital funds to help protect Syrian children from danger. 

Hugh Scott-Douglas, Dan Rees, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Urs Fischer and Juergen Teller are among the acclaimed line up of artists who have donated works to the auction which will take place at Phillips Auction House on Tuesday 11th December. 

All artworks will be on public exhibition from 2nd to 11th December at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, London with online bidding taking place through the online auction site Paddle8 (paddle8.com/unicef) from 27th November. 

All funds raised from the sales will help Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, provide children in Syria and refugee children in five neighbouring countries  - Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt - with vital aid and support, as part of the largest humanitarian operation in history. Over seven million Syrian children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

The UK Government will match all UK public donations and successful bids to SyriART £1 for £1, meaning your support could help twice as many children.

Unicef UK Executive Director, David Bull said: “Millions of Syrian children are in danger and in urgent need of food, water, vaccinations and psychological support. Children have borne the brunt of this dreadful and long running conflict and witnessed unbearable violence. Unicef will not rest until we reach every child in danger. SyriArt is bringing together artists from across the globe to raise vital funds for Syrian children.” 

Visit unicef.org.uk/syriart to view the artworks and to find out more about the event. 


Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact the UNICEF UK press office on 020 7375 6030 or media@unicef.org.uk

The SyriArt auction has been made possible with the support of Phillips, Paddle8, and all the artists and galleries that have generously donated works to raise funds for the children of Syria.

Unicef UK is honoured to present works from the following world-renowned artists:

Contributing artists

Chant Avedissian

Ayman Baalbaki

Yto Barrada

Joe Black

Lita Cabellut

Martin Creed 

Peter Doig

Olafur Eliasson

Tracey Emin 

Mounir Fatmi

Urs Fischer

Ellen Gallagher 

Antony Gormley 

Maggi Hambling

Mona Hatoum 

Anish Kapoor

Joseph Kosuth

Richard Long

Alastair Mackie

Kate Mccgwire

Harland Miller

Youssef Nabi

Julian Opie

Grayson Perry

Ciara Phillips

Dan Rees

Lucien Samaha

Wilhelm Sasnal

Hugh Scott-Douglas

Richard Serra

Juergen Teller

Gavin Turk

Christopher Wool  

Zhang Enli 

Toby Ziegler

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