On October 11th Phillips de Pury & Company together with Tatler announce Art for Bhopal Charity Auction in London. This was a charity auction in conjuction with Hamish Mc Alphine and Tatler Magazine to raise awareness and funds for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. To commemorate the passing of 25 years since the Worlds worst-ever industrial disaster, the Bhopal Medical Appeal, has invited 25 of the Worlds finest Contemporary artisits to contribute to the a high profile exhibition and auction in London.
The Appeal was launched in 1994 to set up and fund a clinic in Bhopal to provide free, first class medical care to survivors of the union Carbide gas disaster as well as to the many thousands who are being damaged by the on-going water poisoning.
Featurted artists were Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Barry Rigate, Conrod Shawcross, Gary Hume, Gavin Turk,Harland Miller, Jason Brooks, Langlands & Bell, Marc Quinn, Mat Collishaw, Mona Hatoum, Patrick Hughes,Polly Morgan, Simon Periton, Sir Peter Blake, Stephen Webster, Subodh Gupta, The Chapman Brothers, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Pure Evil. They have all decorated a traditional water carrying pot, still used by many people for their daily collection of water. These were auctioned to raise funds for the Sambhavana Clinic, an award winning clinic which provides healthcare and support for the Bhopal victims and the surrounding communities and is entirely dependent on donations. The pots are a symbolic representation of the hidden second disaster of Bhopal toxic drinking water which continues to poison tens of thousands of people who have to drink it daily.
The Sambhavna Clinic has now given medical care around 35,000 people. By combining the best modern medicine with traditional ayurvedic herbalism, Yoga breathing & massage, the clinic has pioneered safe and effective treatments for many illness.
Commenting on the disaster, leading British Artist, Tracey Emin said, “It was an atrocity that left so many people with so many unanswered questions.”
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