The artistic and solidarity initiative Migrate Art organizes in March an exhibition followed by an exceptional auction, composed by the works of the greatest contemporary artists of our decade, such as the Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, or the Spanish painter Pejac. The project, untitled Multicolour, aims to raise funds to support three global organizations which are fighting for the rights and well-being of migrants.
“Whether or not today’s refugees are fleeing from political or economical trouble, I identify with, and have great empathy for the sense of displacement they must feel. The only way I can express my true feelings is through my art - as a means of release and escapism - so I am happy to be contributing to the Migrate project in aid of this worthwhile cause.” - Raqib Shaw
Migrate Art was born in 2016 out of the determination to help people affected by the global migrant crisis. The organization works thanks to the generosity of international artists, whom offer their work to be sold to private customers via auctions. Migrate Art then donates all the benefits to its four charity partners working for the well-being of refugees: Refugee Community Kitchen, Refu-Aid, The Lotus Flower and The Worldwide Tribe. Since its creation, their team has raised tens of thousands of pounds for these communities who have been displaced by war. They have already collaborated with great names in contemporary art such as Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and Christie's.
Following the Calais Jungle demolition, Simon Butler, Migrate Art's founder, and his team traveled to the site to review the situation. They found the remains of a wasteland and a few objects of the people who lived at the camp, that once housed about 10,000 refugees. Nearby the old school, they discovered hundreds of coloured pencils abandoned by children which later gave birth to the Multicolour project. The Migrate Art team collected these pencils and sent them to artists interested in participating for a cause. They were invited to create an original work of art with the crayons, with total freedom, whether they wished to draw, photograph or even integrate the pastels in a sculpture…
The works produced are soon to be exhibited and auctioned. All money raised will finally be donated to Migrate Art's partner associations to support them in their actions with the refugees.
Thirty artists are involved in the Multicolour project. Among major artists, one can discover new works from Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, British sculptor and painter Rachel Whiteread, British painter and sculptor Gary Hume, and London-based Indian artist Raqib Shaw.
The project also contains works by several talented artists like Annie Kevans, Annie Morris, Chantal Joffe, Conor Harrington, Conrad Shawcross, Edmund De Waal, Idris Khan, Jeremy Deller, Jonathan Yeo, Keith Coventry, Kevin Francis Gray, Mark Wallinger , Maggi Hambling, Michael Craig-Martin, Nari Ward, Paola Pivi, Pejac, Richard Deacon, Richard Woods, Robert Montgomery, Ron Arad, Shamma Sara, Sean Scully, Swoon, The Connor Brothers, Zhang Huan and Yahon Chang.
The exhibition and the auction
“The Migrate Art auction is a very creative approach enabling people to help with a desperate worldwide problem.” - Rachel Whiteread
The exhibition begins on March 19th with a private view. It will open for the public from March 20th to March 31st at 9 Cork Street in London. The auction will be held on April 11 at Phillips Auction House still in London. The auction catalog can already be viewed online.