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Charity auction to help those affected by the refugee crisis
Zhang Huan, 'Incense Brick', 2018, Tibetan Incense, Plant Powder, Pencil, 31 x 13, 5 x 6.8 cm, 12 x 5, 3 x 2.6 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Migrate Art.


LONDON.- Migrate Art announces Multicolour, a new exhibition and auction fundraising to support those affected by the global refugee crisis. Some of the most significant names in contemporary art will create works using pencils and crayons salvaged from the Calais Jungle refugee camp, formerly home to a community of approximately 10,000 refugees, demolished in 2016. These works will be on view in a dedicated exhibition in March 2019 in London prior to their sale in an auction at Phillips in early April and also online via partnerships with Artsy and MyArtBroker.com. A limited edition of prints for some of the works, and artist-designed clothing will also be available during the exhibition.

Confirmed artists include: Anish Kapoor / Annie Kevans / Annie Morris / Chantal Joffe / Conor Harrington / Conrad Shawcross / Edmund De Waal / Gary Hume / Idris Khan / Jeremy Deller / Joana Vasconcelos / Jonathan Yeo / Keith Coventry / Kevin Francis Gray / Mark Wallinger / Maggi Hambling / Michael CraigMartin / Nari Ward / Pejac / Rachel Whiteread / Raqib Shaw / Richard Deacon / Richard Woods / Robert Montgomery / Ron Arad / Sara Shamma / Sean Scully / Swoon / The Connor Brothers / Zhang Huan

“The Migrate Art auction is a very creative approach enabling people to help with a desperate worldwide problem” - Rachel Whiteread

Migrate Art was born in 2016 from a desire to help those affected by the global migrant crisis. Since then Migrate Art has raised tens of thousands of pounds to help individuals and communities who have been displaced by war. In an industry full of red tape and bureaucracy, the aim is to keep things simple – raise money and donate it to groups who can use it most effectively and help those most in need.

When Migrate Art visited the site of the Calais Jungle in the aftermath of its destruction, they found a flattened wasteland where there had once been so much life. From the rubble and dirt of a former school, a number of coloured pencils and crayons were salvaged. Continuing the Migrate Art ethos of developing positive, fundraising responses to the global refugee crisis, these pencils and crayons were collected and brought back to London. They were then sent to leading artists to create an artwork with them in whatever way they wish – drawing with them, photographing them, incorporating them into sculpture or breaking them apart. Thus Multicolour was born.

“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

Proceeds will be donated equally to Migrate’s key charity partners – RefuAid, Refugee Community Kitchen, The Lotus Flower and The Worldwide Tribe.

Migrate Art has previously worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary art, including Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and Christie’s, and has raised £97,000 to date for projects across 3 continents. It has a 100% record of selling artworks at auction within or above estimate.





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