Artists drawing a line under torture

Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and the Chapman Brothers are among a host of artists donating work to an auction in aid of organisation Freedom from Torture

Envy, by Michael Craig-Martin
Envy, by Michael Craig-Martin

The auction aims to ‘draw a line under torture’ and also features contributions from David Hockney, Sir Peter Blake and Paula Rego.

As well as works by famous artists, which include the Chapmans’ Bunny Dreams and Rego’s Circumcision, pieces created by members of Freedom from Torture’s Open Art Studio will also be for sale.

Circumcision, by Paula Rego
Circumcision, by Paula Rego

The Open Art Studio is an initiative that aims to help survivors of torture express their emotions and experiences through artworks.

Said, an Open Art Studio artist who has donated his High Moon painting to the auction, describes the initiative as ‘like a painkiller’.

Winter 20, by Julian Opie
Winter 20, by Julian Opie

Attendees to the auction will be able to bid for one-off works of art and limited-edition prints in a silent auction, as well as a live auction.

The last auction was held two years ago and raised £110 000 for Freedom from Torture.

You Are Here, by Edmund de Waal
You Are Here, by Edmund de Waal

The Artists Drawing a Line Under Torture auction will be held on 13 November at Studio Spaces, Unit 2, 110 Pennington Street, London E1W. For more information visit: art2013.freedomfromtorture.org.

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