Arms Around The Child


ARMS AROUND THE CHILD proudly announce their second international art auction, ‘heART & SOUL’.


Raising funds for children living in extreme adversity.


Guest curator Neneh Cherry with Lee Sharrock, Peter Wells Thorpe & Bakul Patki

Artwork: Romulo Celdran “HEARTLAND”

“heART & SOUL” Art Auction will take place on Friday 13th March 2020 from 6.30 -9.30 pm, at the prestigious St John’s Waterloo 73 Waterloo Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8TY (Home of the South Bank Sinfonia and London Waterloo’s Festival.)


Featuring works donated by some of the most exciting contemporary artists working in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia, “heART & SOUL” is the follow up to the charity’s highly successful first auction, “HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS” (2017), gavelled by former Christies Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades, which raised the funds to build the foundations of a new home in Jaipur for children orphaned and affected by HIV/AIDS.


For this years “heART & SOUL” auction we are delighted that legendary musician Neneh Cherry is joining us as a guest curator.


Neneh Cherry is an iconic artist, whose enduring influence on popular culture has been infused with both art and music during a career spanning more than 3 decades,” says the charity’s Director Ellie Milner.


The auction will be co-curated by Lee Sharrock, Bakul Patki and Peter Wells Thorpe from 3003 group and will be available online with Paddle 8 prior to the live auction.


“The themes “heART & SOUL” are embedded in our mission of Arms Around The Child” added Milner. “We are a global charity, building a better and kinder environment for children, living through no fault of their own, in extreme adversity, or who are orphaned, abandoned, or trafficked, living in child-headed households or at risk of child abuse (sexual or otherwise.)”


Arms Around The Child provides children with the much-needed safety, warmth, education, healthcare and community in a loving family home of their own.


With years of experience in direct care, Arms Around The Child works with ‘on-the-ground warriors’, who are trained to design and manage unique programmes with child-focussed organisations, providing what Milner describes as “the kind of joy. Love, peace and respect which children need for a brighter future.”


Note to editors:
Curated by Lee Sharrock with the charity’s director Ellie Milner and Peter Wells Thorpe from 3003 Group, ‘HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS’ (2017) featured painting, photography and prints by leading contemporary artists, photographers, fashion designers and musicians, including: Sir Peter Blake, Terry O’Neill, David Byrne, Jamie Reid, Lauren Baker, Nancy Fouts, Zandra Rhodes, 3D (Massive Attack), Alastair Mackie, Hassan Hajjaj, Meredith Ostrom, Alexander Newley, Andrew Logan, Mr Brainwash, Nasser Azam, Ann-Marie James, Beatrice Brown, Ben Summers, Bradley Morgan Johnson, Dangerous Minds, Derrick Santini, Diego Fortunato, Edward Akrout, George Morton Clark, Graeme Messer, Hannah Matthews, Hayden Kays, Hiroshi Aoki, Katharina Hacker, Ilkar Cinarel, Jimmy Galvin, Laura Zeni, Michael Thompson, Paul Broomfield, Pure Evil, Rebecca Mason, Rob and Nick Carter, Rob Ryan, Romulo Celdran, Sky Sharrock and Toni Gallagher.


heART & SOUL Committee:
Ellie Milner, Lee Sharrock, Peter Wells Thorpe, Jason Colchin Carter, Frank Runge, Kiran Sharma, Mervyn Lyn, Roselyn Marcus, Bakul Patki, Lotta Runge, Stuart Watts, Helen O’Brien, Anna Kirrage, Adrian Shanker Filho.


For artwork donations & press enquiries: 

Ellie Milner


Lee Sharrock is a curator, global creative PR specialist and writer. Lee curated the inaugural Arms Around the Child charity exhibition with Ellie Milner in 2017, and has worked with other charities on fundraising art auctions including; Macmillan, Art Cardboard Citizens, Grenfell Tower Benefit Auction and ABC Children’s Trust.  Lee studied at Norwich University of the Arts before moving to London to study Art History & Italian at University College London (UCL) and Bologna University.  Since graduating and beginning her career at Sotheby’s Auctioneers, Lee went on to work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Timothy Taylor Gallery and Saatchi & Saatchi (as Global Creative PR Director).  Lee is now an independent curator and PR & communications specialist working with artists, charities, advertising agencies and galleries in the UK and internationally.

Peter Wells-Thorpe


Peter Wells-Thorpe is an international Fine Art consultant, curator & artist manager and the founder of Splash! – the new UK Art Biennale, launching in 2021.
Peter currently advises Cancer Research UK as well as Arms Around The Child on art auction strategy, design and implementation.


Lotta Runge


After completing my Master’s last year with Christie’s Education in Art, Law and Business, I am currently working in the Post-Sale department at Christie’s in London. Growing up with a family very involved with Arms Around the Child, it is an honour to be able to combine my love and skills within art for such a dedicated cause as heART and SOUL.

Anna Kirrage


Anna Kirrage is Co-Founder and Director of Black Box Projects, a gallery, which specialises in contemporary photography and art that is created using photographic materials. The gallery is committed to working with artists who push the limits of traditional photographic practice. The gallery arranges project-based exhibitions in order to tailor the experience to the individual needs of the artist and the work exhibited. Black Box Projects aims to be a pioneer of the changing gallery model, as well as presenting a transparent working model with artists, clients and other gallerists fostering community, creativity and collaboration.

Stuart Watts


Award winning global entertainment publicist and has been in PR / Entertainment for 25 years looking after some of the biggest names in entertainment globally
Stuart joins Arms around the child committee and also is ambassador for Centrepoint – British Red Cross – Global Citizen – Royal Variety Performance and many more.

Mervyn Lyn


A music industry veteran, Mervyn Lyn is former VP Strategic Partnerships at Sony Music Entertainment and GM of Motown International. With a music business career spanning 35 years, he has worked with some of the world’s most recognised artists including Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Whitney, Usher, Alicia keys, The Notorious B.I.G, Kings of Leon and man more.


Mervyn currently runs an agency responsible for creating bespoke partnerships involving music, sports or entertainment. Most recently his company negotiated and implemented a partnership with Fuji’s Instax and Taylor Swift.

Roslyn Marcus


Roselyn leads global partner hiring for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations.


Roselyn is also a social activist, networker and fundraiser who has, in the last decade, humbly supported many charities including The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Arms Around The Child. She holds British and American citizenship and has lived in the United Kingdom for over twenty years, divorced with one amazing child, Nicole Alexandra Marcus.

Helen O’Brien

Helen has been a Trustee if Arms Around the Child since 2014. She is a Legal and Business Affairs Consultant, having previously been a Partner at Mishcon de Reya and COO and General Counsel of Mission Media.


She is passionate about helping change the lives of children. And is incredibly excited about supporting heART & Soul.