Leading architects, designers and artists present 100 views around The Shard

Charity Article 25 has revealed the first images of artworks created by leading architects, designers and artists for the 10x10 Drawing The City London auction, which will be held in The Shard.

10x10 is Article 25’s flagship fundraising event, raising vital funds to support the charity’s work on building projects for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The event takes its name from the grid of 100 squares laid over an area of the city, which this year has The Shard at its centre. Each of the participants is allocated a square of the grid and donates an original artwork inspired by the buildings and public space within their square.

“With The Shard widely acclaimed as a triumph of design, it is appropriate that an event celebrating great art and architecture is hosted here.”
Irvine Sellar, Shard developer and joint owner

Participants this year include: Lord Norman Foster (Patron of Article 25), Angela Brady, Antony Gormley, Celia Birtwell, Chris Wilkinson, Conrad Shawcross, Es Devlin, Eva Jiricna, Ian Ritchie, Ivan Harbour, Ken Shuttleworth, Mark Wallinger, Michael Squire, Norman Ackroyd, Paul Williams, Peter Murray, Piers Gough, Rab Bennetts, Richard Wilson, Sam Jacob, Sheila O’Donnell, Sir Terry Farrell, Sunand Prasad, Ted Cullinan, Timorous Beasties, Will Alsop, Wolfgang Buttress, Zandra Rhodes and Ted Dwane of Mumford & Sons. (Mark Wallinger, Richard Wilson and Conrad Shawcross are all participating with the involvement of culture and placemaking consultancy Futurecity).

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said:

“Article 25’s 10x10 charity auction is a terrific showcase of London creativity in support of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. It’s heartening to see leading lights in design and property coming together for such a worthy cause. I hope everyone attending the auction or bidding online will be inspired to dig deep and help make a difference to the lives of people across the globe."

This year’s 10x10 Auction will be held at The Shard on the evening of the 27th of November at an invitation-only event, hosted by Robert Elms of BBC London. Irvine Sellar, developer and joint owner of The Shard will give a welcoming address. The panoramic views from The Shard will provide a spectacular backdrop to the display of 100 works of art created by some of the UK’s leading architects, designers and artists. Online bidding will run from Tuesday the 4th to Tuesday the 25th of November at www.10x10London.com.

Last year, the 10x10 Auction raised £90,000, which was used to design and build best practice Street Children’s Centres across Africa. This year, Article 25 is aiming to raise over £100,000 to support essential healthcare building projects in the developing world.

Irvine Sellar, developer and joint owner of The Shard, said:

“We are delighted to be partnering Article 25 and, as a result, supporting such an important cause through this truly creative event. With The Shard widely acclaimed as a triumph of design, it is appropriate that an event celebrating great art and architecture is hosted here. Our commitment to taking an active role in supporting the community in Southwark, and beyond, makes it fitting to partner an initiative rooted in the local neighbourhood. There is so much going on in the area around The Shard and London Bridge Quarter, the artists and architects will have tremendous scope to create some highly covetable pieces for the auction in November.”

Tim Makower, Principal of Makower Architects, who created the concept of 10x10 in 2011, said:

“10x10 brings together the design community of London to explore, record and celebrate its home city whilst raising significant funds for Article 25’s crucial projects in places of great need around the world. From the ancient backstreets of Borough, to the shining shape of The Shard, it is exciting indeed to think of 100 individual insights fusing to form a collective snapshot of this fast-changing piece of London”

Robin Cross, Managing Director of Article 25, said:

"Article 25 is preparing for its biggest event to date with this year’s 10x10, working with our partner The Shard and our sponsors to raise record funds and showcase the best of British artistic and architectural talent. We rely on the support of our partners to provide buildings to guarantee basic human rights for the most vulnerable communities in the world."