The Art of Wishes

What would you wish for if you had a life-threatening condition? It’s this heart-wrenching question that drives the work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which seeks to make dreams come true for seriously ill children and young people. It was the genius idea of patron Batia Ofer to reflect on these desires and ask the world’s top contemporary artists to create an art work inspired by a wish. The result is an extremely moving collection of works, which includes Tracey Emin’s interpretation of six-year-old Gracie’s wish “to go on holiday in Wales with her pony” and Gillian Wearing’s imagining of 18-year-old Amy’s wish “to be a ballerina”. Each work will be auctioned on October 2, in partnership with Cartier, with an online silent auction running simultaneously on Artsy. The auctions are projected to raise £1.5 million to fund the work of the charity. Visit the Serpentine Gallery on Sunday October 1 to see the works on display and be moved to action.

The Art of Wishes Fundraising Gala; @makeawishuk; @cartier

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