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The art of giving: Crisis Commission charity auction

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The launch of Crisis Commission, an exhibition of work by celebrated artists including Anthony Gormley & Tracey Emin.

Crisis Commission Nika Neevola Nika_Neelova_Crisis_Commision_RESIZED.jpgTHE EVENT: The launch of Crisis Commission, an exhibition of work by celebrated artists including Anthony Gormley and Tracey Emin. All the pieces will be auctioned at Christies on 3 May, with all proceeds going to Crisis, the UK’s national charity for homeless people.
VENUE & HOST: PR Agency Idea Generation hosted the evening at Somerset House.
THE MENU: lavender-marinated lamb fillet with elderflower and wine jelly, spicy merguez cocktail sausages with a white bean purée, potato pancakes with horseradish, watercress purée and wasabi caviar, hot and sour crayfish tails with lemongrass and pea shoots in a crisp wanton cup, squash pilaff and feta spanakopita with a roasted red pepper dip, char-grilled red and yellow courgette with herb cress, fennel shavings and pea shoots.
TO DRINK: white wine, prosecco and elderflower and citrus cordial.
CATERER: Zafferano.
ON THE GUEST LIST: stakeholders, art buyers, press, as well as Daphne Guinness – patron of the Crisis Commission – and artists including Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare, Nathan Coley, Jonathan Yeo, Nika Nelova and Gillian Wearing. The subject of Wearing’s sculpture Craig O’Keefe and Yeo’s models in ‘The Park Bench’, Sharon Stacey and Ben Scallon were also there.
WE LOVED: talking to Ben Scallon about modelling for Jonathan Yeo.


This article was first published in Square Meal Venues & Events, spring 2012.


Photographs by Mark Bourdillon.

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