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Artists for freedom

Drawing A Line Under Torture is a biennial art auction organised by Freedom From Torture, the UK’s only human rights organisation dedicated to the support and rehabilitation of torture survivors. This year, art has been donated by world-class artists including Antony Gormley and Quentin Blake, and will feature work from the charity’s art therapy programme.

Even though the work of Antony Gormley, Howard Hodgkin, Quentin Blake and Edmund de Waal varies dramatically in medium and audience, all fours artists are headlining Drawing A Line Under Torture. This year’s auction, the tenth organised by Freedom from Torture has been sponsored by Triodos Bank, and is expected to raise £120,000 for the charity’s vital work with survivors of torture.

This year’s event is at the Bargehouse at OXO Tower Warf in London on 9 November.  It’s a unique opportunity for experts and amateurs alike to browse world-class paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints donated by some of the UK’s foremost artists in an atmospheric and intimate space. Additional exhibitors include Julian Opie, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Gillian Ayres.

“Our commitment to the human rights of our clients really fits with Triodos’ unswerving belief that savings can be a powerful force for good”

Sherine Krause, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Freedom from Torture

Visitors will also have a chance to bid on original artworks created by those in Freedom from Torture’s art therapy programme, where survivors of torture can use artistic media and expression to process and move on from their traumatic experiences.

Triodos is proud to be a sponsor of Drawing A Line Under Torture. Not only is Freedom from Torture a longstanding partner working hard to promote respect for human dignity, the art auction is a brilliant example of using the cultural sector to promote the positive change we need to see in the world.

“I am delighted by our partnership with Triodos which has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2004,” says Sherine Krause, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Freedom from Torture. “Our commitment to the human rights of our clients really fits with Triodos’ unswerving belief that savings can be a powerful force for good. Also, their support of the arts aligns with the many creative groups – including writing, art and music therapy – which we offer our clients.”

“Freedom from Torture is doing the hard work necessary to provide therapeutic care and rehabilitation for victims of horrendous treatment,” says Bevis Watts, Managing Director of Triodos Bank UK. “With care and compassion, they are restoring dignity to those who have been physically oppressed. Drawing A Line Under Torture continues to shine a light on how we all can help bring restoration to those in need.”

To find out more about this year’s Drawing A Line Under Torture art auction, visit Freedom From Torture’s website.

Header image: Samuel Asmelash

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