On the evening of December 1st, the stunning German Gynmasium at Kings Cross played host to the culmination of our 10×10 – Drawing the City event. In a rousing live auction lead by Sotheby’s Adrian Biddell we raised over £82,000 from the works of 100 prominent architects, artists and designers. This will provide essential funds for post-disaster reconstruction work around the world including water and sanitation improvements in Haiti, schools in Burkina Faso, and a vocational training centre for former child soldiers in Uganda.
Twenty five lots were auctioned in a live auction and another 75 through silent bids throughout the night. Big ticket items included a signed Norman Foster model of the Gherkin which sold for £4,500 and a Norman Ackroyd water colour of the City’s skyline which sold for £2,000. The event was attended by Angela Brady, Connie Henry, Jack Pringle and many of the contributing artists.
The auction was preceded by a Show-and-Tell event on November 30th which gave some of the contributors the opportunity to expound on the inspiration behind their work. Many noted that on first inspection of their square they were unsure of what to draw and felt hesitant of where to begin. However when they spent longer looking at the area and given a chance to really explore the City, they found that there were many fascinating and hidden details that we so often overlook in our normally busy lives.
The auction was a great success, and Tim Makower – creator of the event – is already planning for next year. The aspiration is not only to explore other areas of London, but also to expand to other cities around the world including Doha, New York, Rotterdam and Boston.
A gallery of artworks is available to view online at www.10x10london.com/galleryofartworks