Article 25, one of the UK’s leading architectural and construction aid charities, brings together world renowned artists, architects and designers to produce original artwork for a high profile auction and exhibition held in late November.
As part of the 10×10 Drawing Weekend taking place on 14th and 15th September, a section of London will be divided into a 10×10 grid with each of the 100 squares allocated to a prominent architect, designer or an artist. Using any medium available, they will create 100 pieces of art, capturing the unique, the extra-ordinary, the unnoticed and the ever changing city of London.
One of the participants is Sir Terry Farrell CBE, the UK’s leading architect planner, who has completed many award-winning buildings and masterplans including Embankment Place and The Home Office Headquarters as well as millennium projects such as The Deep in Hull and Centre for Life in Newcastle. Throughout his career, he has championed urban planning and helped shape government policy on key issues.
Also capturing the city of London will be Dr Jonathan Foyle, a historian and television broadcaster best known for presenting a number of television series on architecture and history, including “Climbing Great Buildings’ for BBC2 and “The King’s Lost Bed” on BBC4. He also writes on architectural themes for the Financial Times and his book on Canterbury Cathedral was published this year by Scala.
These are just a few of the 100 artists, designers, architects and public figures helping to raise funds for Article 25. This year, Article 25 will be using all proceeds from the sale of artwork to design and build best practice Street Children’s Centres, helping to get thousands of Africa’s most vulnerable children off the streets permanently and reconnecting them with their families or foster families.
These Street Children’s Centres will be designed together with the children so that they genuinely meet their needs and create the best possible environment for rehabilitation. The Centres will provide them with places to sleep, medical support, counselling and help in reengaging with education or training. Article 25 plans to launch the first of these innovative Centres in Kenya and Ghana, producing a prototype design that can be replicated throughout the continent.
Maxwell Hutchinson, founder of Article 25, broadcaster, architect and former past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects says:
“Article 25 is an innovative charity with design, drawing and architecture at its very heart. This is the third year of its 10×10 event which celebrates all the visual representations of the built environment – whether it be drawing, photography, painting or sculpture. As in previous years, an array of well-known architects and artists will once again offer their skills and support for the benefit of those in need of sustainable shelter”.