Artists at Home Christmas charity auction

9 November, 2020 / by Matt Smith

Artists at Home, the group of west London artists who usually open their houses and studios in June, have announced a new online auction event in November to support a local charity: The Upper Room, which supports homeless and vulnerable people in west London.

The online auction follows a successful online open studios event launched in the summer, where artists opened virtual studios to the public via their website due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hamish Pringle, who is organising the charity auction said:

“Unfortunately, the situation regarding the pandemic remains serious and our artists are not able to show their work at the usual events during the festive season. What’s more, we are aware that there are many within our community who are suffering real hardship – therefore we felt an auction for a local charity would give us all some cheer this Christmas time.”

Bidding begins on Monday 16 November at 10.00am and closes on Sunday 29 November at 9.00pm.

Images above: Jasna Bell – ‘Autumn’, Laura Gompertz – ‘Blue and Orange Beetle Philematium virens’, Rachel Busch – ‘Strength’

Raising money for The Upper Room

By donating art to the online auction, the artists’ fundraising will provide hot meals, clothing, toiletries, help with finding and applying for jobs, as well as bilingual counselling for those with mild to moderate mental health issues.

The artists are each donating a percentage of the winning bid price to The Upper Room – 24 are generously donating 50% of the proceeds and 13 are giving 100% of the proceeds of 102 lots.

Highest minimum bid currently is £300 and lowest is £15.

“We are absolutely delighted to be the beneficiaries of the Artists At Home Online Auction” says Chris Francis, Operations Manager at The Upper Room. “Throughout the pandemic, The Upper Room has continued to provide support to ex-offenders, people who are homeless and those who are vulnerably housed. We anticipate the demand for our services will only increase in the coming months, and so having the backing of local individuals and groups like this enables us to keep that support in place and, crucially, to adapt to whatever comes next.  A huge thank-you to all the artists involved”.

“Bidders will not only be able to buy unique works from local artists but they will also know they are supporting the vulnerable within their community,” adds Hamish.

“There are items at all price points, so we urge people to browse our auction site for the perfect feel-good gift.”

Images above: Felicity Gail – ‘Piano Wire Earrings’, Jill Meagre’s painting of a badger, Madeleine Marsh – ‘Madlark peacock brooch’

Participating artists

Images above: Ben Johnson, Ben Johnson – ‘Looking Back to Richmond House’

There are some well-known artists taking part, such as Ben Johnson, who is best known for his paintings of architectural spaces and his large-scale, intricately detailed cityscape paintings. His work is included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Regional Services Museum, Hong Kong; and the Government Art Collection.

Naila Hazell has just taken part in the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.

Below is an alphabetic list of all 40 artists who are currently participating in the auction (by surname):

  • Jennifer Abbott
  • Gala Bell
  • Jasna Bell
  • Natalia Bobrova
  • Hugh Bredin
  • Joanna Brendon
  • Rachel Busch
  • Steph Curtis-Raleigh
  • Saskia Daniel
  • Kathryn Davey
  • Laura Gompertz
  • Sarah Granville
  • Per Gudnitz
  • Arabella Harcourt-Cooze
  • Naila Hazel
  • Salome Heydenrych
  • Annabel Hill
  • Marcia Hurst
  • Felicity Gail (Debbie and Jackie)
  • Annie Jennings
  • Ben Johnson
  • Warren King
  • Madeleine Marsh
  • Jill Meager
  • Sophie Newnham
  • Henrietta Parsons
  • Rennie Pilgrem
  • Jenny Price
  • Hamish Pringle.
  • Jill Revie
  • Alla Samarina
  • Amy Shuckburgh
  • Juliet Strong
  • Francesca Walker
  • Sangeeta Weatherley
  • Ann Marie Whaley
  • Caroline Winn
  • Antonia Young
  • Zoe Young
  • Janice Zethraeus

If you’d like more information please contact Hamish Pringle at

Or you can follow the link below to the Artists at Home website:

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