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World’s top artists support Standard ‘Food for London Now’ appeal with Sotheby’s auction

Posted on: July 17, 2020 by Mariella Brown

Artworks by Ai Weiwei, Tracey Emin and Anish Kapoor will be featured in a Sotheby’s auction to support the Evening Standard’s Food for London Now campaign.

The contemporary art auction will run from July 20 to 30 with all money raised to go to the Standard’s appeal partner The Felix Project, London’s largest food surplus distribution charity.

The paper’s campaign recently crossed the £7.5m mark of its £10m target pledged to tackle food poverty in the capital.

Food deliveries from the Felix Project to the vulnerable have continued to rise even as lockdown has eased, the Standard reported last week. The Project supplied over 800 tonnes of food in June – the equivalent of 1.9million meals.

In a push for the £10m target, highlights from the Sotheby’s Help The Hungry auction will include a drawing by Emin, a series of three etchings by Kapoor, Wallinger’s Ghost, and Bob and Roberta Smith’s We Have Only Got Each Other placard.

British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare also joins the catalogue with his Unstructured Icons — Aristocrat I alongside a pair of polished steel reliefs by Sir Michael Craig-Martin and a floral plate by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Sotheby’s senior director Oliver Barker said: “We are grateful to the artists who have generously contributed their works and we’re looking forward to channelling part of the excitement of our major sales in London this month into a cause which will provide food and comfort to the capital’s most vulnerable.”

Evgeny Lebedev, proprietor of the Evening Standard, said: “We are delighted to be raising money with Sotheby’s and some of the world’s leading contemporary artists to help create London’s biggest community kitchen that will continue to feed those in need for years to come.”

Picture Credit: Nic Minns