Fifteen works of contemporary art from the private collection of The House of St Barnabas, one of London’s oldest charities establishment will be auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull on Wednesday 27 March. The proceeds of the auction, untitled Modern Made, will be used to fund the "Employment Academy" program, which helps those affected by homelessness.
An artistic and social house
Located in the heart of Soho in London, The House of St Barnabas has helped Londoners affected by homelessness since 1862. In 2013, the historic and charitable establishment became a private club with two programs sharing the same vision: to create a fairer world.
The organization first offers a cultural and creative non-profit space where it exhibits works of contemporary art by both established and emerging artists. The permanent collection includes famous artists like Jeff Koons, Tracey Emin, The Chapman Brothers and Damien Hirst. All works displayed in the House are intended to be sold in order to finance their second program: the Employment Academy, which offers homeless people the opportunity to acquire professional skills through practice: cooking, account management, painting and cleaning... All activities aim to help them to reintegrate the working life. Overall, 85% of participants in the 12-week course receive a diploma and 68% of them find a secure job after the training.
Art for the homeless
The upcoming Modern Made sale includes famous names on the British art scene such as Chris Levine with his 2007 holographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, estimated between £ 2,000 and £ 3,000, and the Connor brothers with their 2013 caricature of a Shakespeare book cover also estimated between £ 2,000 and £ 3,000.
In addition to the paintings offered by the social organization, the sale is also composed of sculptures, ceramics and other pieces of modern art. All works are on display from Monday, March 25 at the Lyon & Turnbull Auction House in London and the auction will take place on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 pm.