Love and Life Charity Auction

Love and Life Charity Auction

17 October

The culmination of the Love and Life exhibition, an auction of the works donated.

Auction begins 17 October, 6.30pm. Online bidding opens 25 September.

An exhibition and auction of contemporary art created by celebrities and artists inspired by G F Watts's masterpiece Love and Life. The auction will support the work of Watts Gallery Trust as well as Transplant Links Community, an international kidney disease charity ( Artworks have been donated by a variety of artists and celebrities including Sir Peter Blake, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Joanna Lumley OBE, Felicity Kendal CBE, and Boris Johnson MP and many others.

Watts Gallery Trust and TLC have come together for many reasons, but ultimately because they share a common belief: the power of art and social conscience. TLC is a medical charity that directly saves the lives of children and adults with kidney failure in developing countries and teaches skills to local doctors so that many more can benefit in future. Watts Gallery's Artist in Residence, Jennie Jewitt-Harris, is also CEO of TLC.

As you are aware, G F Watts believed in the connection between art and social conscience and the power of art to change people's lives. His vision continues today through the Watts Gallery Trust Art for All Big Issues programme. Participants have found a means of expression, which enhances their life and gives them a sense of self-worth.

Watts Gallery Trust and TLC have contacted high-profile artists and celebrities to create artworks to be auctioned and have had a tremendous response. Sir Peter Blake, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Joanna Lumley OBE, a variety of Royal Academicians, and Boris Johnson MP have all donated works to be included in the exhibition and subsequent auction. We would be delighted if you could attend this exciting event, and the proceeds will be split equally between the two charities.

The theme of the auction is “Love and Life", the title of one of Watts's most famous works, and also the theme underpinning the work of TLC. The works will be on display at Watts Contemporary Gallery from 7 October until the event on the evening of the 17 October.

Artworks will be on display in the Watts Contemporary Gallery 7 - 17 October.

Online bidding opens on 25th September and closes on 17 October at 9pm.To place your bid please click here.