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Towards Tomorrow: 10th Anniversary Auction16 September - 18 October 2014

Towards Tomorrow

Photo: Stephen White

Towards Tomorrow

Photo: Stephen White

Towards Tomorrow

Photo: Stephen White

Towards Tomorrow

Photo: Stephen White

Los Carpinteros

Los Carpinteros, 'Girón VI, rojo', 2014. Courtesy of the artists.


Click here to view the catalogue of works.

After ten years of dedicated work, which has earned them a worldwide reputation as one of the leading and most respected art spaces in London, Parasol unit is hosting a one-off fundraising art auction in collaboration with the renowned auction house, Sotheby’s, and the online auction house, Paddle8.

Parasol unit has the loyal backing of artists who have either shown their work in one of the outstanding exhibitions held at the foundation over the past ten years or are long-term friends and supporters of the foundation. Adel Abdessemed, Cecilia Edefalk, Fiona Banner, Michaël Borremans, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Isaac Julien, Idris Kahn, Y.Z. Kami, Robert Mangold, Chris Ofili, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, and Luc Tuymans are among the many artists who have generously donated a work of art to be sold in the auction. All the proceeds raised will go towards the Parasol unit Exhibition and Educational Events programme and secure the future of Parasol unit. A strengthened financial base will ensure that the foundation can continue to exhibit the work of national and international artists for the public benefit and to generate cultural involvement among the local community.

All of the donated works of art to be auctioned will be shown in the 10th Anniversary Auction Exhibition, Towards Tomorrow, to be held at Parasol unit from 22–30 September 2014. The auction itself is organised in two parts. For the first part of the auction, Parasol unit is collaborating with who will auction one half of the donated works of art online, from 16–30 September 2014. A party to mark the end of this online auction will take place at Parasol unit on 30 September, during which guests will be able to place their final bids live in the gallery.

For the final part of the auction, a second selection of donated works of art will be sold in a live auction at the Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction on 18 October. Prior to the auction, the works will be on view at Sotheby’s from 11–17 October 2014.


Towards Tomorrow - 10th Anniversary Auction : Important Dates

Online – 16–30 September 2014
Lines open for online bidding on Paddle8.comRegister on Paddle8 here.

Exhibition – Towards Tomorrow at Parasol unit: 22–30 September 2014. All works to be auctioned on and at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction will be on view at the Towards Tomorrow Auction Exhibition at Parasol unit.

Live – Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction: 2 pm, 18 October 2014
Live bidding begins at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction at 34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA.


The Parasol unit 10th Anniversary Auction, Towards Tomorrow, has been made possible with the generous support of two auction committees.

Main Committee

        Chair - Farah Asemi     

Caroline Landin     Berna Tuglular

               Alia Al-Senussi      Vanessa Arelle       Elisabetta Cipriani      Michele Codoni       Serra Kirdar       My Phuong Lecocq     Anita Mahdi     Fiorella Massey    Ilaria Tosato       Yvonne Winkler   Burcu Yuksel   Roxane Zand

International Committee

Mehves Ariburnu   Charlotte Artus   Maria Baibakova    Jimena Blázquez Abascal
Diana Campbell  Betancourt   Anne Pierre d'Albis-Ganem     Fariba Eigner   Stephanie Grose     Nina Hoas    Gary & Lauren Kemp   Ali Khadra    Lekha Poddar   Nadia Samdani    Samia Saouma    Andreas Siegfried    Claudia Steinfels   Anna Somers Cocks OBE, FSA
Paul Thompson    Michael Van Clarke   Ruth Whaley

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