Exhibition dates: 7 April to 18 May

Auction night: 18th May 2011

Top name artists make new work for auction

The Drawing Room Biennial Fundraiser has become one of London’s art world key biennial events. Since 2003 over 600 established and emerging artists, from the UK and abroad, have generously made a unique work on paper in support of the non-profit gallery’s programme.

For this event a huge array of artists comes together to demonstrate the crucial role that drawing plays in contemporary art and to endorse the Drawing Room as a platform for its presentation and exploration. This exhibition will not only document the extraordinary richness of drawing today but will also mark the Drawing Room’s 10th Anniversary

I see the drawing room auction as a kind of annual commission, and it's nice to go back to an existing series of works (I mean the nudes). This year a whole new set of pieces came out of resuming work on the nudes”. John Stezaker, 2011

Artists including Franko B, Fiona Banner, Cornelia Parker Angela de la Cruz, Bob & Roberta Smith, Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Goshka Macuga, Paula Rego, George Shaw, John Stezaker, Erik Van Lieshout have given among many other established and emerging artists in the UK and abroad.

'It was here that I first saw Anna Barham's drawing and was so intrigued, I commissioned her to make a work. The fundraiser is great way to gain exposure to young artists and forge relationships with them.' Elisabetta Buonaiuto, collector

The drawings are to be exhibited for four weeks, culminating in an exciting silent auction event on Wednesday 18th May. The Biennial Fundraisers offer the perfect opportunity to purchase unique works on paper by major and upcoming artists.


Fraternise - the Salon
Group exhibition at Beaconsfield, London.
2 April – 29 May 2011
Tuesday – Sunday, 11am-5pm
Exhibition Preview: Friday 1 April, from 6pm
Upper Gallery 1, Canteen Gallery 2 & Arch Gallery 3

Fraternise – the Salon gathers a cohort of artists in a curated, fundraising exhibition, to support the future existence of Beaconsfield.
Exhibiting artists include…
Franko B, David Birkin, Matthew Burrows, Tamsyn Challenger, Jules Clarke, Ben Cockett, A. David Crawforth, Judith Dean, Mark Dean, Nicholas Deshayes, Adam Dix, Robert Ellis, Laura Emsley, Peter Fillingham, Edwina Fitzpatrick, Eloise Fornieles, Stephen Fowler, Rachel Garfield, Mary George, Mathew Gibson, Colin Glen, Lucy Gunning, Matt Hale, Damien Hirst, Rachel Howard, Marc Hulson, Sarah Jones, Sarah Lucas and Olivier Garbay, Ross McNicol, Charlotte Moth, Monika Oechsler, Tom Ormond, Boo Saville, Naomi Siderfin, Dafna Talmor, John Timberlake, Caroline Todd, Roman Vasseur, Joseph Walsh, Amelia Whitelaw, Erika Winstone.

The Salon brings together collaborators, patrons and protégés who have worked with Beaconsfield or who support its role in the artists’ community.
The Salon offers a rare opportunity to view a diverse range of contemporary works (many artists exhibiting together for the first time) and to start or expand a collection. Sales will benefit both participating artists and Beaconsfield.
Fraternise is a fundraising scheme established in 2005 to reflect Beaconsfield’s core values, forming a community of artists who demonstrate their support in practical terms by providing the potential to secure Beaconsfield’s future.

Fraternise – the Salon is co-curated by the charity’s artist-trustees, Rachel Howard, Judith Dean and artist-directors David Crawforth and Naomi Siderfin.

I STILL LOVE (monograph) - review

Gay Times, April 2011.

Review for I STILL LOVE, Franko B's latest monograph, published by 24 Ora Cultura, Milano.

The monograph coincides with the artist's recent solo exhibition at PAC, Milan.