‘Beyond Borders’ Unicef’s Next Generation London Art Week @ Blain|Southern

ArtAttack is proud to be showcasing, Beyond Borders, an exhibition and auction in aid of Unicef’s Children of Syria Emergency Appeal.

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Hosted by Blain|Southern, one of London’s foremost contemporary art galleries, the exhibition and auction will take place the week commencing 16 May coinciding with Art16 and Photo London.

Organized by Unicef’s Next Generation London  – a group of young professionals who commit their time and resources to support Unicef’s work –  the exhibition will culminate in a live auction at the gallery with pre-bidding online powered by Paddle8, and a full showcase of works available to preview on ArtAttack’s Curated Art Page (with the option to also donate towards the cause). All of the proceeds from the event will go towards Unicef’s Children of Syria Emergency Appeal.

Featuring leading contemporary artists such as Diana Al-Hadid, Adeline de Monseignat, Y.Z. Kami, Marius Bercea, Athier Mousawi and Moshekwa Langa, the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography. Accompanied by a programme of related events, Beyond Borders, will also include a panel discussion focusing on the Arab Spring and its impact on art. Specifically, the panel will explore the cultural ramifications of the destruction of cultural and historical sites.

Marius Bercea
Marius Bercea, Untitled (thoughts safari) 2015, Mixed media on paper

Inspired by the newly found Syrian diaspora, the exhibition takes its title from the condition the crisis in Syria currently finds itself in – a situation that has permeated beyond its topographical boundaries into the lives and realities of children and families across the globe.

Syria is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child, with more than 5.6 million children in urgent need of help, and up to 2 million living in areas largely cut off from humanitarian assistance. An estimated 2.8 million children have been displaced inside the country with no support systems to turn to, forcing them to leave school, disrupting their education. Unicef and Next Generation are working to reach every child in immediate danger.

Unicef and partners reached 7.5 million people in 2015, there are 12 million people to reach in 2016, over half of them are children. Last year Unicef supported the construction of groundwater wells, provided water trucking and improved water sanitation services. They also launched a Back-to-Learning campaign and rehabilitated 105 schools; as well as completed successive polio campaigns and immunized close to 3 million children.

Reza Aramesh
Reza Aramesh, Action 143/021 – collage 2015, Collage

Through a series of innovative events and creative collaborations, this group of advocates works together to raise vital awareness and donations for Unicef’s work of providing health care, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. Since Next Gen’s first event in July 2014, they have raised over £400,000 in aid of Unicef for the children of Syria.

Tim Braden
Tim Braden, Living Room with Abstract pictures, 2016, Acrylic on card

Paddle8 partners with over 300 non-profit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions to a global community of collectors, helping each organization expand its fundraising results. Visit Paddle8.com.

ArtAttack is honoured to be working with Next Generation London and Blain|Southern on this important exhibition. ‘Beyond Borders’ opens 16th May but you can preview all artworks and donate directly to the charity from 2nd May right on our app’s ‘Curated Art’ page! If you haven’t already, download ArtAttack – Share Sell Network now! https://appsto.re/gb/YTCQ-.i


Blain|Southern, 4 Hanover Square, W1S 1BP

Exhibition Dates: 17 – 21 May 2016 Private View: 16 May 2016, 6 – 8pm

Included Artists: Diana Al-Hadid, Moshekwa Langa, Reza Aramesh, Marius Bercea, Alison Bignon, Tim Braden, Tete de Alencar, Adeline de Monseignat, Marita Fraser, Ibi Ibrahim, Y.Z. Kami, Farideh Lashai, Cyrus Mahboubian, Athier Mousawi, Sara Naim, Olga Shernysheva, Nasan Tur and Vivien Zhang.

Pre-bidding online live 5 – 18 May 2016: www.paddle8.com/beyondborders

Preview Online + Donate 2 – 18 May 2016: https://appsto.re/gb/YTCQ-.i 

Beyond Border Inquiries: beyondborders@nextgenlondon.com Next Generation London Inquiries: info@nextgenlondon.com

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