Press Release: The Arts Foundation Fundraising Dinner & Auction

Tracey Emin, Peter Doig, Rose Wylie, Antony Gormley, Ali Smith and Jeremy Deller among leading artists and cultural figures donating works in support of UK artists.


We are thrilled to announce this special dinner and auction, a new key fundraiser in support of independent artists and creatives in the UK!

Online bidding opens on Thursday 14 September at running through to 3 pm BST on Sunday 24 September*, with proxy bidding available on the night of the auction: Monday 25 September 2023. (*extended from 21 Sep)

Participants can bid on a range of unique auction items and one-of-a-kind experiences from Ali Smith’s personal, first edition reading copy of Hotel World published in 2001; exclusive press night tickets to the House of Bernarda Alba at The National Theatre, including after-party access; to a full set of Peter Doig’s enthralling Zermatt series of 6 prints; and an iconic neon by the eminent artist, Tracey Emin.

The live auction will be hosted by Michael Macaulay, SVP and Deputy Chairman, Contemporary Art and leading auctioneer at Sotheby’s, and culminate in a celebratory dinner on Monday 25 September at Toklas Restaurant, with a special performance by Akeim Toussaint Buck (Arts Foundation Dance Theatre Fellow, 2023).

All donated artworks will be auctioned in support of artists and creatives as part of our transformative annual Fellowship programme, the Arts Foundation Futures Awards. The awards provide vital unconditional financial support to promising artists and creatives in the UK at a pivotal moment in their careers, enabling them to concentrate on their creative development, experiment, and realise their artistic potential.

Mary Jane Edwards, Director of The Arts Foundation said: 

“We are still navigating a difficult period for our cultural sector with the cost of living crisis and inflation rates. Such challenges are always most keenly felt by our independent artists and freelancers. This is why it’s critical that we still invest in the UK’s extraordinary artistic talent, and their future legacies, today. We are immensely grateful to the artists and organisations who have kindly donated such extraordinary auction items. The Arts Foundation is excited to build on their generosity to engender a culture of support among the wider public for independent artists and their livelihoods.”


Place Your Bid

To find out more about the fundraising auction and how to bid visit: 

The full list of participating artists and organisations includes Andrew Cranston, Bridge Theatre, Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, Tracey Emin, Frieze London & Frieze Masters, Antony Gormley, Edwin Heathcote & The Cosmic House, Holly Hendry, Jochen Holz, Sam Lee, Wayne McGregor, Rufus Norris & The National Theatre, Ali Smith, Bethany Williams and Rose Wylie. 


Join the Dinner and Live Auction 

Tickets to the live auction are now sold out, thank you for your support!


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