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A new art fair that puts four charities in the picture

The London art fair with philanthropy at its heart

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A new art fair that puts four charities in the picture

Image: David Constantine

July 04 2011
Sibéal Pounder

London’s art calendar has a new date to log this month in the Bloomsbury Art Fair, a week-long event in aid of four chosen charities: The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust, Motivation, the Parachute Regiment Charity and The Spinal Injuries Association.

The fair kicks off on July 13 with a VIP private view and an auction of donated works – among them a piece by Banksy – as well as “experience” lots (think a ride in a 1939 Tiger Moth DH82A training aircraft), followed by selling exhibitions featuring emerging talent with ties to the recipient charities.

Artist Keith Jansz, who was left paralysed following a car accident and now paints with his mouth, will be selling cityscape paintings (second picture shows Jansz’s George IV, Trafalgar Square). There will also be photographic works by David Constantine (first picture: Constantine’s Bengali Welcome). Constantine is co-founder of non-profit Motivation, which designs and distributes wheelchairs in areas across eastern Europe, Africa and East Asia – places where estimates suggest that more than 20m people who need a wheelchair are without one.