Artists unite with charity in an auction to raise funds to support work with survivors of torture

By Laura McArthur | 24 November 2011
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An image of an abstract painting showing the sun glowing over a fiery earth
Gordon Cheung, Commanding the sun to Stand Still© Gordon Cheung, courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Leading contemporary artists are uniting with the charity Freedom from Torture in an auction raising funds to support the organisation's work with survivors of war crimes.

Artists involved include Antony Gormley, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Gordon Cheung, Joe Tilson, Julian Opie, Michael Craig Martin and Edmund de Waal, who has created a new work specifically for the purpose of the event.

Freedom from Torture has teamed up with Christie's to host the event at Village Underground in London, raising funds to support many victims who fled countries to seek refuge and protection in the UK.

The charity has been working for 25 years. So far it has helped more than 50,000 people, taking a holistic approach in providing direct clinical services to survivors of torture and organised violence.

In addition to the main auction, a series of free and ticketed events will be taking place at The Loading Bay Gallery on Shoreditch's bustling Brick Lane until Sunday (November 27 2011).

"Natural disasters, illness, accidents, misfortune: the world has enough ways to try our courage and our optimism. But torture is the worst thing of all," says author Philip Pullman.

"That's why Freedom from Torture is so necessary. It heals minds as well as bodies, and restores the experience of decency and trust and goodness that has been so cruelly wiped away. Its work is some of the most valuable that's taking place anywhere, and I'm very happy to support it."

Christie's director Piers Boothman will be auctioneer for the evening, and an auction catalogue will be available. Guide prices are to start at £350.

More pictures:

A photo of a pop-art painting showing multicoloured letters spelling out the word anger
Michael Craig Martin, Anger. From the series Seven Deadly Sins© Michael Craig Martin, courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London
An image of a pop art painting of a female figure against a green background
Kris Walking© Julian Opie, courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London
A photo of a series of metallic objects floating in the air in front of a brown backdrop
Cornelia Parker, 11 dug buckles nice detector finds / relics© Cornelia Parker, courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London
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