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Art UK auctions artwork from 140 artists to support its ground-breaking project

Some of the UK’s most prominent artists as well as a new generation of painters, sculptors and printmakers have collaborated with Art UK for an auction fundraiser.

The proceeds of the sale will be split equally with the artists, which means that any organisations or individual collectors buying artworks will support both Art UK and the artists.

Art UK’s online platform, which launched in 2016, currently shows 280,000 artworks by more than 50,000 artists making them easily accessible to anyone around the world.

The Charity’s four principals are:

  • Provide free digital access to the UK’s art
  • Tell stories behind the nation’s art
  • Provide learning resources for schools
  • Support UK collections with a shared digital platform

Funds raised by Art UK will enable the charity to expand its valuable schools learning resources at a time when arts education is being increasingly marginalised, help add more artworks of all types to its platform and tell the stories about underrepresented artists and those who have not had the recognition they are due.

“Art UK is hugely grateful to all the brilliant artists who have so generously supported this vital fundraising initiative for our charity,” Andy Ellis, Director Art UK, said.

Expand learning resources

“The money raised will help us grow access to the national art collection, expand our learning resources and tell the stories behind underrepresented artists. Please support us if you can by buying a great piece of art or telling your friends about what’s on offer.”

Works are priced from £50 to £50,000 and include artists such as Cornelia Parker, Bob + Roberta Smith and Stephen Chambers, whose McQueen (2019), is pictured.

Art UK has partnered with the Auction Collective, who will run the auction and print sale and Cromwell Place – a new complex of galleries in South Kensington – which will host a short exhibition of selected works and the live auction on 29 September.

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