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  • Prenumbra, Hanne Enemark & Louis Thompson, Steel Blue and White, 2016, Glass, Image: Ester Segarra

Crafts Council Benefit Auction at Collect 2017

Bid today on unique pieces by world's leading artists and makers

The Crafts Council Benefit Auction at Artsy will raise funds to help transform our building in Islington into a flagship home for craft. This high-profile event brings together pieces donated by artists such as Grayson Perry, Edmund de Waal, Julian Stair, Magdalene Odundo, Tord Boontje and Clare Twomey. It also features The Angel’s Share by Joseph Harrington, a special commission by The Glenlivet as part of its generous support of the organisations’s international programme, A Future Made.

Not only that, but the auction has received generous donations from a number of galleries exhibiting at the fair, including Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, Vessel Gallery, Flow Gallery, Sarah Myerscough Gallery and WCC•BF (which has kindly given three works). It is being hosted by Artsy, the wildly popular resource and magazine for art collecting and education, which means that it will reach a worldwide audience.

The auction opened online on 25 January 2017 and closes on 6 February 2017, the final day of Collect, with visitors able to post their bids at the fair.

Proceeds raised will go to the Crafts Council’s exciting project to convert its building into a new home for craft, open to the public. It will have regular, revolving displays from its vast collection of contemporary objects, as well as acting as a library, a place for discussion, book clubs, film screenings and events – or just an area where visitors can come in and sit quietly.

We hope to raise £40,000 as part of its effort to reach the required target of £450,000. So register to bid now at Artsy.net/collect-auction or download the Artsy app or visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk/donate to make a donation.