Shelter UK recently asked a whole host of famous artists and cutting edge designers to design a ‘House of Cards’ to auction and help raise money for their charity work. Featuring designs from Vivienne Westwood, Rankin, Damien Hirst and David Bailey, the auction attracted buyers from across the globe and helped raise over £100,000 for Shelter.
Held between 24th-28th September at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London, visitors placed silent bids on the unique collection, with each piece creating offering a unique representation of their chosen playing card.
Shelter’s chief executive, Sam Younger, said –
This exhibition has enabled us to engage new audiences with our House of Cards campaign in a creative and innovative way. We’ve had a fantastic response from the public and would like to thank all the artists involved for the contributions they have made. The money raised through the auction will help Shelter continue to provide vital advice and support to the growing number of households across the country in housing need. With an estimated 65,000 homes facing repossession this year and almost 1.8 million stuck on council house waiting lists, there can be no doubt that Britain is in the midst of a housing crisis.
The final 20 pieces went to a live auction on the final night, with bids flooding in from across the globe to secure one of these once in a lifetime collectors items. There is even the chance to buy a replica pack of the final exhibited cards from Shelter. A small amount of limited edition cards are available for £70, which come in an exclusive presentation box.
If you fancy a pack of these cards you’ll have to hurry, as there is only 1000 of these packs available to the general public, with all profits from the cards going to Shelter UK.