This March and April the London based ‘Multicolour’ initiative will organise a special expo and auction for child and juvenile casualties of immigration. The project aims to make a spiritual and social contribution to the lives of younger generations who experience the negative effects of forced migration, and the idea behind this initiative arose from a wish to see international artists use crayons and pastels salvaged from the Calais Jungle.
“Art can change the world in many different respects”
The international initiative “Migrate” founded three years ago for the purpose of experiencing contemporary art ‘for a cause’ is ready to fire up this spring with a special expo and auction.
The initiative, based in the UK, starts with a three-stage modest framework called ‘Multicolour’. The first part of this project witnesses international artists donating their artworks to this initiative known as Migrate. In the second part, Migrate offers those artworks for sale both through a communication network for exclusive customers and the auction itself. This is followed by the process of sharing the proceeds with relevant departments of partner charity organisations.
Some of the renowned artists who participated in this project have produced artworks using crayons and pastels salvaged from the site of a school once operating in the Calais Jungle refugee camp, which was home to 10,000 refugees before it was demolished in 2016.
The initiative, Migrate, describes one of its aims as helping those in need in the fastest and best way possible by keeping certain goals as simple as possible in an era where bureaucracy and superior-subordinate relationships place huge burdens on daily applications.
In light of all these elements, the initiative will also organise an expo in London in March. What’s more, the initiative is counting down to April for an event that will take place in Phillips Auction House with partnership opportunities for initiatives such as MyArtBroker.com and Artsy. The expo in London will also play host to a limited number of original prints of artworks and original artist-designed costumes.
The artists contributing to this initiative through their artworks are as follows: Anish Kapoor, Annie Kevans, Annie Morris, Chantal Joffe, Conor Harrington, Conrad Shawcross, Edmund De Waal, Gary Hume, Idris Khan, Jeremy Deller, Joana Vasconcelos, Jonathan Yeo, Keith Coventry, Kevin Francis Gray, Mark Wallinger, Maggi Hambling, Michael Craig-Martin, Nari Ward, Pejac, Rachel Whiteread, Raqib Shaw, Richard Deacon, Richard Woods, Robert Montgomery, Ron Arad, Sara Shamma, Sean Scully, Swoon, the Connor Brothers, and Zhang Huan.
The proceeds from the Migrate art project will be shared equally among the main charity partners of the initiative. These partners include RefuAid, the Refugee Community Kitchen, the Lotus Flower and the Worldwide Tribe. These organisations have placed their marks on highly prestigious projects in areas such as education, nutrition, shelter, clothing, psychological support and intercultural harmony for those who want to breathe for hope, bread and humanity in foreign countries new to them.
Migrate Art is known for its collaborations with names including sculpture artist, Antony Gormley, and contemporary video artist and painter, Julian Opie, who both have a high level of prestige and influence in the world of contemporary art. With the support of Christie’s Auction House, this approach has previously helped the organisation to raise 97 thousand pounds, and to later send the proceeds to three different continents, after Christie’s quickly achieved the sale of all of the artworks at a price far above their reserve prices. Behind the Migrate Art project is a team consisting of Simon Butler and Ian and Joe Syer who brought together their 20 years experience in the contemporary art world.
Now take a look at the comments by some of the artists who supported the Migrate Art project with their artworks:
Rachel Whiteread: “The Migrate Art auction is a very creative approach enabling people to help with a desperate worldwide problem.”
Michael Craig-Martin: “That is an excuse corresponding to a value on an extraordinary level.”
Raqib Shaw: “I was lucky enough to have been part of a generation that didn’t witness the extreme state of unrest in my childhood home of Kashmir. Since independence from Britain, India and Pakistan have been disputing the territory of Kashmir for nearly 70 years. Wars between India and Pakistan have centred on Kashmir, and there has been armed revolt in the Muslim-majority region against rule by India resulting in the younger generation becoming radicalised. When I think of Kashmir, I think about what has been lost; the place I once knew is now in the past. I could never return. Whether or not today’s refugees are fleeing from political or economic troubles, I identify with, and have great empathy for the sense of displacement they must feel. The only way I can express my true feelings is through my art – as a means of release and escapism – so I am happy to be contributing to the Migrate project in aid of this worthwhile cause.
Sara Shamma:“These crayons used by the children in the Calais Jungle were part of the dreams that they left on paper. I am happy to use these crayons again to make at least some part of those dreams come true.”
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