BA (Hons) Fine Art students have raised £8000 for their degree show with an auction of work from the likes of Jeremy Deller, Ralph Steadman and Kiki Smith.

The auction, which took place on Tuesday 6th March on the AUB campus, raised just shy of £8000. The money raised will go towards the BA (Hons) Fine Art degree show at Free Range in the Old Truman Brewery, London.

Fine Art student Kate Parrott (who worked alongside Lydia Reeves, Alice Kirkham, Emma Brown, Bethany Bailey, Emily Appleton and Lydia Clifford on the auction team) said:

“Planning and organising the auction began in January. The biggest chunk of the work involved sourcing the art; calling on favours from professionals associated with the university, personal contacts, students and tutors.

We received donations of nearly 200 pieces of artwork from a diverse range of practicing professionals, emerging and unknown artists. These included the work of American-based, internationally revered feminist artist, Kiki Smith; Britain’s most loved and celebrated cartoonist, Ralph Steadman; and Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller.”

The Fine Art Auction took place on the AUB campus, making use of both the Arts Bar and Refectory to host the event:

“Set-up on the day was extremely tight,” said Kate, “with only 3 hours to transform the space, it was all hands on deck; clearing tables, erecting walls and hanging work. The 6am clear-up the next morning was equally manic, as the Refectory and Arts Bar needed to be set to serve breakfast as usual by 8am.

The evening kicked off at 6pm with the silent auction, allowing guests time to buy a drink, peruse the artwork and a grab a paddle, ready for the nail-biting hammer auction to follow. Invited guests included students, tutors, friends, family, local businesses, galleries and creative communities. “

Along with a large team, Kate says the auction’s success is down to AUB’s Young Enterprise Start-Up programme, which previously saw success with The Egg Den:

“The scheme gives students the chance to create and run their own company, with the guidance of business advisers, over the period of an academic year. We set up Original Ink, a creative events company; planning and managing events designed to facilitate opportunities for young, emerging creatives to showcase their talents and network with like-minded individuals.

The extensive project management, marketing and public relations skills learnt, and industry contacts built, whilst taking part in this programme proved invaluable when organising and executing the Fine Art Auction.”