The Art of Ping Pong – it’s a bit batty…

Consultancy Fivefootsix is bringing back its Art of Ping Pong charity auction, which sees artists and illustrators use bats as their canvas.

Alec Doherty
Alec Doherty

Crispin Finn, Pete Fowler, Alec Doherty and Edward Carvalho-Monaghan are among more than 20 illustrators involved.

This year lots of them have played with the form of the bat, which has become variously a frying pan with an egg in it, a nest of keyboards, a tree bearing ping pong fruits and many other things.

An auction will start here on 31 October and all profits will go to BBC Children in Need.   

Before the bats are whisked off to their buyer’s homes, you’ll be able to go and see them at an exhibition, where on 6 November there’s a chance to play ping pong and drink beer. A limited-edition publication will also be made available on the night. It has been printed by Empress Litho on Munken Pure Rough (by Arctic Paper) and includes artist photography by Vanya Du Toit.

The auction site has been designed and built by Roll Studio with bat photography and retouching by John Ross and Deadposh respectively. The bats have been supplied by Topspin Sports.

Last year Christopher Wormell, Remi Rough and Hattie Stewart were among the artists who got involved with the project.

The Art of Ping Pong will run from 4-16 November at Beach London’s gallery, 20 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH

Daniel Frost
Daniel Frost

Gaurab Thakali
Gaurab Thakali

Rebecca Sutherland
Rebecca Sutherland

Rob Flowers
Rob Flowers

Pete Fowler
Pete Fowler

Crispin Finn
Crispin Finn

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