Artists Against Hunger: WFP To Benefit From Art Auction At Christie's Dubai

Published on 16 April 2012

This painting by Lina Ogaily, is on sale on April 18 at the special art sale ‘Artists Against Hunger.’ The event  will be hosted by Christie’s Dubai; works donated by seven Arab artists will be auctioned with an estimated value of US$40,000. 

DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will benefit from a special art sale entitled ‘Artists Against Hunger’ hosted by Christie’s Dubai on 18 April at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel in Dubai. Works donated by seven Arab artists will be auctioned with an estimated value of US$40,000.

The special sale is part of Christie’s Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art auction.  Alongside Contemporary Practices Art Journal (CP ART), artists from countries across the Middle East were approached and seven unique pieces were secured for the auction.

The initiative allows Contemporary Practices and Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, to show their support for humanitarian efforts through art. Artists from the UAE, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria and Palestine are joining WFP in the fight against hunger by donating their work to this cause.  To guarantee that all proceeds directly support WFP aid programmes around the world, Christie’s has waived its commission fees for this event.

“WFP appreciates the support, outreach and visibility provided by a platform like Christie’s,” says Ashraf Hamouda WFP Head of Partnerships & Business Development for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region. “WFP is immensely grateful to Omar Donia of Contemporary Practices, who has generously lent us his time, network and expertise to enrol outstanding artists into the fight against hunger and provide us with a valuable selection of art pieces to be auctioned at Christie’s Dubai.” 

“This is a great opportunity for us to show our support for this excellent cause and to use our international reach to raise awareness of the World Food Programme’s efforts to alleviate hunger in the Middle East,” said Hala Khayat, specialist in Arab, Iranian and Turkish art at Christie’s.
WFP’s relationship with the Middle East’s art community began one year ago when Syrian Painter and the agency’s celebrity partner, Sara Shamma, created a special painting inspired by WFP’s work in Syria. The painting will be part of the auction. Christie’s auction in support of WFP – ‘Artists Against Hunger’ – will take place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel on Wednesday 18  April at 8:00pm.    

Click here to view the seven artworks auctioned in support of WFP in the online version of Christie’s Catalogue (pages 120-129).