Fundraising events: the London Auction 2009 raises over £90,000!

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The artists

Tom Astley, Nicola Bayley, Hildegard Bechtler, Tess Blenkinsop, Anthony Browne, Antonia Bruce, John Burningham, Rory Carnegie, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Phil Chitty Mat Chivers, Susan Collier and Sarah Campbell, Miranda Creswell, Polly Dunbar, Emma Faul, Mary Fedden OBE RA, Eleanor Fein, Jennie Foley Nicola Gresswell, Antony Gormley OBE RA, Mark Haddon, Sean Henry, Simon Hitchens, Patrick Hughes, Barbara Hulanicki, Bruce Ingman, Kassandra Isaacsson, Jane Jelley, Anish Kapoor CBE RA, Tess McPherson, Penelope Madden,Terry Milne, Susan Moxley, Helen Oxenbury, Korky Paul, Jan Pienkowski, Peter Randall-Page, Jane Ray, Paula Rego, Zandra Rhodes CBE, Chris Riddell, Francesca Shakespeare, Jon Snow, Patricia Swannell, Lisa Swerling, Tony Thompson, Emmie Van Biervliet, Paul Vanstone, David Walser, Richard Wentworth, Richard Woods, and David Worthington.

In December 2009 The Art Room held its sixth auction of original art at the stunning Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art in London. The event raised more than a staggering £90,000 in just two hours!

Enormous thanks to Ziba Ardalan de Weck and her wonderful team at Parasol, who ensured that the evening was a sucess.

We have many people to thank for this marvellously successful evening:

Firstly, the artists who donated their work, including many who have supported us faithfully over the years as well as some very welcome new contributors.

Our auctioneer Charlie Ross (sixth time running) was the evening’s star turn – he made us laugh and his energy and enthusiasm encouraged everyone to get involved, bid and dig a little deeper when the pressure was on.

The auction team who organised such an extraordinarily professional evening: Jane Blumberg, Nicky Brown, Diana Hiddleston, Cathy Hollingworth, Judith Foy, Susannah Magal, Judy Silver and Beverley Silverstone.

Our guests and supporters on the night – over 230 of them - who made the evening such a party and bid for the art with enthusiasm, humour and generosity.

Our guests included Helena Kennedy, Mark Thompson, Andrew Marr, Jon Snow, Sir Louis Blom Cooper and Alan Yentob.

Many thanks also go to the Max Reinhardt Charitable Trust whose sponsorship enabled us to hold the event, to Franks and Franks for donating all of the design for the evening and the catalogue, to Bernard Morris Charitable Trust for supplying the sketchbooks, to Hunts - people in print and to the Hiddleston and Foy families and Erica Bolton of Bolton & Quinn.

"Exciting and exhilarating and I love what I bought!"



Most importantly, every penny raised by the auction, including donations made by those people who were unable to attend, will benefit the children at The Art Rooms.