We're thrilled to announce that our online Contemporary Art Benefit Auction raised over £27,000!

From 2 to 16 March 2016, we held a contemporary art benefit auction powered by online auction house Paddle8, with an accompanying viewing-cum-exhibition at Shape Arts’ pop-up gallery space in Stratford, London from 24 February – 4 March.

25 works were generously donated by artists in recognition of Shape Arts’ 40th anniversary this year and the continued importance of our work in pushing for a more inclusive and accessible arts sector for disabled people. Artworks were donated by Bedwyr Williams, Ben Cain, Bernar Venet, Candida Höfer, Christian Furr, Dora García, Doug Fishbone, Erwin Wurm, Franko B, Grayson Perry, Greg Bartley, Guy Yanai, Hans Op de Beeck, Hito Steyerl, Hormazd Narielwalla, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jeremy Deller, Julie Umerle, kennardphillipps, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rivane Neuenschwander, Sophie Ryder, Stuart Semple, Tacita Dean and Unskilled Worker.

Shape Gallerys auction exhibitionThe auction's accompanying exhibition in our previous pop-up gallery

Proceeds from the auction will go towards our work in putting an end to the marginalisation of disabled people in the arts. We works to achieve this by increasing opportunities for and exposure of disabled people in the arts, promoting their work and ensuring that arts and cultural venues open up fully to disabled people, whether as artists, audience members or employees. The funds raised will contribute to sustaining and expanding vital elements of our work such as the annual Shape Open exhibition, the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, the Shape Youth programme and the many workshops, talks and advice sessions we provide. Proceeds will also contribute to supporting our regular programme of pop-up galleries which serve to provide a physical platform for the promotion of art created by disabled people.

If you missed the auction but would like to support us with a donation, please click here.

We'd like to thank all of the artists who so kindly donated their work, as well as everyone who facilitated and helped with putting the auction together - we're incredibly grateful!