After the demolition of Calais Jungle in 2016, Simon Butler, the founder of a refugee charity Migrate Art, collected crayons and pencils from the site of an old school. Touched by the scale of the global migrant crisis and the lives of those affected by it, he decided to use them to create the project MULTICOLOUR.
The initiative is a collaboration between Simon Butler from Migrate Art and Ian and Joe Syer of myartbroker.com, an online platform connecting art buyers and sellers. They decided to use the power of the contemporary art world to make a positive change in the world and invited some of the most recognisable names on the art market to participate. Artists including Anish Kapoor, Rachel Whiteread, Sean Scully, Jeremy Deller and many others, created works using the tools found by Butler in Calais. All pieces will be auctioned at New Now auction at Phillips in London on April 11th.
Ian Syer, the founder of myartbroker.com said about the project:
“We are extremely fortunate to own a business in an industry that is both creative and lucrative, with it comes amazing freedom and opportunity. The more I read the more I felt moved to help. I came across a charity, The Refugee Community Kitchen. After meeting with them, it appeared that funding was vital and I wanted to build a foundation that would utilise our contacts and experience in the industry to ask artists to donate work that could be sold to raise money to support these causes. After further investigation, and to my amazement, I came across Simon who was not only already doing it with Migrate Art but had circumnavigated a lot of the red tape and legislation that I faced.”
Auction details (on view: 4-11 April):
Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square?London, W1J 6EX
Thursday, 11 April
Image credit: Kevin Francis Gray, Greek Girl (Pencils), plaster with pencils on bronze pin and wooden base.