High-profile artists and architects raise more than £50,000 for international sustainable development

Over 300 high-profile art lovers and senior business executives from the worlds of architecture, property and construction have raised more than £50,000 for the leading humanitarian architecture charity, Article 25. Now in its 9th year, the annual 10×10 art auction raised the money to enable its ongoing work with vulnerable communities around the world

Attendees bid in live and silent auctions for more than 100 pieces of art, all focused around this year’s theme; the Isle of Dogs. Known for its long history of redevelopment, the artists were inspired by the historic landmarks, diverse communities and champions of commerce past and present, resulting in a rich tapestry of perspectives on the area.

This year, the auction was run by ex-Sotherby’s auctioneer Adrian Biddell, who held the attention of the crowds with impressive works from the likes of Sir David Adjaye OBE, Zaha Hadid Architects and Kengo Kuma. Auction lots of particular note include those from James Hart Dyke, Sir Antony Gormley OBE, Alberto Giacometti and KAWS.

All the funds raised will go to support Article 25 as it looks to complete a new outpatient department in Purulia, India, phases 3 and 4 of a pre-school for disabled children in Tanzania, and the continuation of essential works for the Yangon General Hospital, Myanmar. In 2020 the charity will also start the design and construction of 1,700 homes on the island of Dominica which were destroyed by a hurricane.

Since its launch 13 years ago, Article 25 has worked on more than 90 projects in 34 countries making it the most far-reaching architectural non-governmental organization in the world. Importantly, Article 25 work with local partners for each project to ensure that local knowledge and relationships are maximised, and that buildings are sustainable even after its involvement has ended.

Sunand Prasad, of Penoyre & Prasad and Chair of Article 25’s trustees board, commented: “I would like to thank the artists who contributed such fantastic pieces of work, allowing us to raise the vital funds needed to support Article 25 in its ongoing work alongside communities in need of essential shelter. Often these people are facing the most deep-seated poverty challenges in the world, so the charity’s work to provide the resources and skills needed to face up to such challenges is ever important.

“Without the generosity and support we receive through events such as these, I am certain Article 25 would not be able to make the far-reaching impact that it does today.”