Arms Around The Child

Fundraising Art Auction at Christie’s London
with Guest Curator Neneh Cherry

Leading contemporary artists including Rob and Nick Carter, Jamie Hewlett, Chrissy Hynde, Pure Evil, Ann-Marie James, Maxim, Zak Ove, Jamie Reid, Kristjana S Williams, Zandra Rhodes, David Shrigley, Poppy Lennox, Lauren Baker, Kay Gasei donate work to Arms Around the Child Art Auction – helping children living in extreme adversity

LONDON, 29th September 2022 – This November, artists from around the globe will donate their work to a fundraising art auction in aid of Arms Around The Child, a charity that provides children in Africa and India, who are directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS, orphaned, abandoned or abused, with much‐needed homes, safety, education, healthcare and community.

David Byrne, Rob and Nick Carter, Jamie Hewlett, Chrissy Hynde, Pure Evil, Ann-Marie James, Maxim, Zak Ove, Jamie Reid, Zandra Rhodes and David Shrigley are amongst the dozens of emerging and established artists whose work will be brought together for the auction, which was originally planned for Spring 2020.

The pandemic-postponed event will now return bigger and better, hosted on Friday November 11th by Christie’s at their London King Street location – former Christie’s auctioneer and Contemporary Art Specialist Tom Best and online by The Auction Collective, from October 12th to November 11th 2022.  

Co-curated by Lee Sharrock, Peter Wells-Thorpe Bakul Patki, with special guest curator Neneh Cherry, the event will raise much-needed funds to help Arms Around The Child complete a school in Senya Beraku, Ghana, and builds on the success of the charity’s previous auctions, which enabled it to build a home for orphan children affected by HIV/AIDS in Jaipur, India.

The list of exhibiting artists includes Christian Azolan, Lauren Baker, Bartholomew Beal, Paul Broomfield, David Byrne, Rob and Nick Carter, Newton Cavalcanti, Wayne Clough. Pete Codling, The Connor Brothers, Cecile Davidovici, Pure Evil, Jermaine Frances, William Fice, Jill Furmanovsky, Toni Gallagher, Jimmy Galvin, Kay Gasei, Catalina Guirado, Jamie Hewlett, Chrissie Hynde, Ann-Marie James, David Paul Kay, James Lai, Poppy Lennox, Andrew Logan, LUAP, Joe Machine, Colin McMaster, Jemima Murphy, George Morton-Clark, MM (Art by Maxim under the moniker MM), Jemima Murphy, Alexander Newley, Aidan O’Neill, Zak Ove, Giles Price, Thiago Rocha-Pitta, Jamie Reid, Zandra Rhodes, Sam Rowley, David Shrigley, Paul Stephenson, Ben Summers, Bradley Theodore, Michael Thompson, David Tucker, Johan Walstrom, Kristjana S Williams, Joy Woldfenden-Brown and Lisa Vandy.  

David Paul Kay will be coming to London from New York for an artist residency at The Mandrake Hotel.  He will paint a bespoke canvas for the Arms Around the Child charity auction. David Paul Kay is a New York City-based American contemporary artist.

Originally from Eastern Europe (former Soviet Republic of Georgia), David migrated to the United States in 2008.  As a self-taught artist, Kay has always experimented with various techniques, though his career evolved soon after moving to New York City in early 2009 and developing his signature monochromatic style.

Guest curator Neneh Cherry says: 

 “I grew up surrounded by creativity…

my father was a Jazz musician and  my  mother  a  multidisciplinary  artist. Naturally, art and design have always played a huge part in my own creative practice as a musician and performer. I was therefore thrilled to be invited to guest curate the auction for Arms Around The Child – a charity whose work I’ve long admired – and to be able to bring together some of my favourite artists and collaborators to help this deserving cause.”


Ellie Milner, Director, Arms Around The Child comments:

 “Neneh Cherry is an iconic artist, with an enduring influence on popular culture, who has brought together art and music in a unique way over a career spanning more than three decades. As such, and as a long-term supporter of the charity, we are delighted that she is joining us as guest curator.”

The auction provides a unique opportunity to snap up work from some of the world’s most exciting upcoming talents, as well as art icons, all keen to help the charity continue and grow its essential work building a better and kinder environment for children living, through no fault of their own, in extreme adversity.

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