“Multicolour” will send pencils and crayons that were salvaged from the rubble of a former school in the Calais Jungle refugee camp to some of the most significant names in contemporary art, who will then create works to be presented at an exhibition in London, in March 2019. The artists may use the pencils however they wish – drawing with them, building sculptures, taking them apart, photographing them, etc. Following the exhibition, the pieces will be up for auction in April, both at Phillips and online via partnerships with Artsy and MyArtBroker; during the exhibition itself, limited edition prints and artist-designed clothing will also be available to purchase.
To date, since their foundation in 2016, Migrate has raised £97,000 for projects across three continents. With a 100% record in selling artworks at auction for their estimated value or above, Migrate will be hoping to continue their streak for the benefit of the four charities their project is supporting, including RefuAid, Refugee Community Kitchen, The Lotus Flower and The Worldwide Tribe, amongst whom the proceeds will be split equally.
Artists confirmed as taking part include: Anish Kapoor, Annie Kevans, Annie Morris, Chantal Joffe, Conor Harrington, Conrad Shawcross, Edmund De Waal, Gary Hume, Idris Khan, Jeremy Deller, Joana Vasconcelos, Jonathan Yeo, Keith Coventry, Kevin Francis Gray, Mark Wallinger, Maggi Hambling, Michael Craig-Martin, Nari Ward, Pejac, Rachel Whiteread, Raqib Shaw, Richard Deacon, Richard Woods, Robert Montgomery, Ron Arad, Sara Shamma, Sean Scully, Swoon, The Connor Brothers and Zhang Huan.
For more information, see Migrate’s website.