Renowned artists donate work for auction to support academic freedom

Renowned artists donate work for auction to support academic freedom

Issam Kourbaj
The Distance, 2010
Oil and mixed media on canvas

A range of works by over 70 leading artists, including the likes of Jeremy Deller, Maggi Hambling and Quentin Blake, on the theme of oppression and freedom will go under the hammer on December 5th.  The auction, entitled The Art of Resistance: Defending Academic Freedom, aims to raise money and show support for academics fleeing persecution and has been organised for the 80th anniversary of CARA (the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics).

Anne Lonsdale, chair of CARA, says: “Since May 1933, when Hitler closed the universities of Germany to Jews, the demands on CARA have not stopped.” CARA was established to focus on the need for practical support in helping academics escape from persecution and relocate to safety. Recently, their help has focused on the Middle East, particularly Iraq, Syria and regions in Africa. 18 academics supported by CARA have become Nobel Laureates including Sigmund Freud, signifying the vital importance of this charity’s work.

Highlights include; Issam Kourbaj’s oil painting, The Distance, Edund De Waal’s, The poem as act, V and Kate Robinson’s Bronze sculpture, I Will Have No More Desires. Guide prices for the auction range from £50 to £7,000 and online bids are now accepted here