The Crisis Commission
Contemporary art greats unite for landmark exhibition
The Crisis Commission saw some of the most celebrated artists of our day unite to bring major new works to a spectacular exhibition and auction in Spring 2012. The landmark event was a highlight of London's art scene, bringing together contemporary artists of the highest calibre who have rarely, if ever, exhibited together before.
The Crisis Commission exhibition took place in one of London's most prestigious venues, Somerset House, 14 March - 22 April 2012. A following auction of exhibited works took place at Christie's on Thursday 3 May, with all proceeds going to Crisis, the UK's national charity for single homeless people.
Responding to themes and issues relating to homelessness - isolation, property, security, space - leading artists Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Yinka Shonibare, Jonathan Yeo, Gillian Wearing, Bob & Roberta Smith, Nika Neelova and Nathan Coley donated new works for the exhibition. Sir Anthony Caro donated an existing work.
Homeless and vulnerably housed clients of Crisis had their work exhibited alongside the established artists for the duration of the Crisis Commission. The clients were drawn from Crisis' year-round art classes, held at Crisis' Skylight Centres in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Merseyside and Oxford.
Crisis Commission auction