Exclusive works from some of the most famous names in the world of art and entertainment are to be sold by revolutionary online auction house Paddle8 to raise money for one of England’s most prestigious schools.
Bedales School in Hampshire, whose alumni include Daniel Day-Lewis, Minnie Driver, Kirstie Allsop, Lily Allen, David Linley and Cara and Poppy Delevingne, are looking for funding to build a new Art Studio and Design Workshop and for a full arts bursary scheme for talented sixth form students, who will join 140 students already benefitting from bursaries and scholarships at the school.
The school has partnered with Paddle8.com, which is backed by Damien Hirst, to auction paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and jewellery donated by many Old Bedalians and parents.
When the auction opens on 11 November 2014, people will be able to purchase works by dozens of eminent artists including, the jewellery designer Solange Azagury Partridge, Helaine Blumenfeld, Sir Terence Conran, Tracey Emin, Barry Flanagan, Stefan Hirsig, Nick Knight, Jonathan Yeo as well as works by former Bedales pupils, including sculptors, Dido Crosby and James Napier, interdisciplinary artist Graeme Messer, graphic artist Miraphora Mina, photographer Bethany Murray, designer Steuart Padwick and painters Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Arabella Dorman, Luey Graves, Ivon Hitchens, Rupert Muldoon, Nina Murdoch and Sarah Raphael.
Remy Blumenfeld, the television producer and former Bedales pupil who came up with the idea of the auction says: “There are very few schools that give space to the arts in the way that Bedales does.
“This is a chance for people everywhere to snap up outstanding original artwork and fund scholarships for the artists of tomorrow.”
Bedales School is aiming to raise £3.5m for the new Art Studio and Design Workshop that will replace buildings that have done sterling service but after 40 years are coming to the end of their life and are struggling to accommodate all the students wishing to take these creative subjects. The bursaries will give talented students, whose family circumstances mean that a Bedales education would normally be out of reach, a transformational opportunity to study the arts at the school’s sixth form,
Keith Budge, Headmaster, said: “We are grateful that so many of our former students and others from the art world have donated these fantastic pieces of art for such an inspirational project. The combination of the new building and our first class Art and Design teaching will help us provide more future leaders for the creative industries which are so important for the UK economy.”
In America, Paddle8, started in 2011 by a group of friends including British-born auctioneer Alexander Gilkes, has had auctions of museum-quality contemporary art, fine jewellery and design objects, all vetted by specialists in their field.
Individual Paddle8 investors include Alexander von Furstenberg, White Cube gallerist Jay Jopling and curator Hikari Yokoyama.
“We are honoured to partner with Bedales to bring this extraordinary art work to Paddle8’s global collector community, and help to contribute to the funding of a new arts centre,” Alexander Gilkes, president and co-founder, Paddle8.
“Paddle8 is committed to supporting a lifelong relationship with the arts, which so often begins with early education.”
The auction opens at http://paddle8.com/auctions/bedales at 10am GMT on 11 November, and will close at 10pm GMT on 25 November.
More auction highlights include works by Slim Aarons, Charming Baker,Erwin Blumenfeld, Alexander Creswell, Stanley Chow, Lydia Corbett, Shepard Fairey,Patricia Field, Murray Garrett, Derek Hudson, Alison Jackson, Chris Levine, Bruce McLean, Donna McLean, Jacqueline Mina, Michael Minas and Frank Worth.
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.