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Art Auction for Grenfell Tower

The shell of Grenfell Tower remains scar on the West London skyline, but for those who escaped, life goes on. Former Notting Hill resident and art advisor Lucy Meakin has rallied the likes of Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk to donate pieces to raise money for survivors.

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The fire has struck a complex chord with the city, and particularly with the city’s artists. Writers like Margaret Atwood, Philip Pullman and Jacqueline Wilson have already raised £150,000 in an online auction as part of Authors For Grenfell, with Pullman notably pulling in £30,000 in exchange for naming a character in his latest book. 

Now, visual art is getting involved, as Artsy collaborates with Tracy Emin, Gavin Turk, Richard Deacon and a host of other artists to launch the Grenfell Tower Benefit Auction. The online auction, which opened on Tuesday, features original works from 25 artists, as well as prints, multiples and one-off experiences. Adam Fuss' is among the most generous, offering his winning bidder the chance to have their child photographed by him as a unique photogram image. 

For many artists – such as Juergen Teller and Robert Violette of Violette Editions – the tragedy has been more than a news headline. Teller, the fashion photographer whose studio faces the tower itself, has donated one of his photographs.

The auction is open until August 1st, and all proceeds will go to the Dispossessed Fund set up by the London Evening Standard. 

Grenfell Tower benefit auction

Grenfell Tower benefit auction

Grenfell Tower benefit auction
Work by (from top left): Cornelia Parker, Gavin Turk, Maryam Eisler, Paul Morrison and Juergen Teller. Image at top is a crop from Ian Davenport's Colour Splat Cloud (white), and the homepage shows Darren Almond's Fullmoon @ Valley Floor.

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