The glitter of Frieze week, and the sheer amount of cash that surrounds it, can sometimes obscure the emollient, democratic elements of art. Determined to help those impacted by the blaze at Grenfell Tower, film producer Hamish McAlpine and art consultant Katie Heller decided to harness the wealth of the art world, and channel its ample resources towards those who need them the most. On Monday October 16, Sotheby’s will host Art for Grenfell, an auction dedicated to raising funds for the 158 families who survived the fire. The pieces on offer are spectacular, donated by the likes of Tracey Emin, Tacita Dean, Mark Wallinger and Wolfgang Tillmans (see above, his 2009 work Freischwimmer 193). If you can, dig deep into your pockets and bid. Your donation, distributed by the Rugby Portobello Trust, is sure to go a long way.
Credit: Wolfgang Tillmans, Freischwimmer 193 (2009). Courtesy of Sotheby’s