Christie’s Art of Wishes Gala 2023: Philanthropy Meets Artistry

In a remarkable alliance, Christie’s recently joined forces with Art of Wishes to host the annual Art of Wishes Gala, an extraordinary event that converges the worlds of art, philanthropy, and entertainment.

This prestigious gathering, set to take place on Monday, 9 October 2023, at the opulent Raffles London at the OWO, promises to be a night of glamour and generosity.

Christie's Art of Wishes Gala 2023: Philanthropy Meets Artistry
Jadé Fadojutimi, Whilst I Whimper, I Hope I Can Become Whimsical On A Whim (2023, Estimate: £250,000-300,000)

The evening’s focal point revolves around an exclusive auction featuring exceptional works donated by renowned contemporary artists, a roster that includes luminaries such as Michael Armitage, Jadé Fadojutimi, Jenny Holzer, Misheck Masamvu, Albert Oehlen, Edmund de Waal, and Stanley Whitney. Prior to the gala, these exquisite pieces will be on display at Christie’s King Street from 4 to 7 October 2023, open for public admiration.

Art of Wishes Gala: A Confluence of Art and Compassion

Batia Ofer, the Founder and Chair of Art of Wishes, articulates the gala’s profound purpose: “I am delighted to introduce you to the Art of Wishes Gala 2023. This collaboration between artists, galleries, and institutions celebrates thought-provoking art and has one key aim: to raise vital funds to grant life-changing wishes to children diagnosed with critical conditions. Granting a child’s wish empowers them with choice at a time when so much is decided for them by the restrictions of the healthcare they need.

Making that choice taps into a child’s vivid imagination. That’s where there is a natural alignment between an artist’s creativity and the creativity shown by children when they are visualizing their wishes. Both involve moments of wonder, intrigue, and excitement. Both are magical when they are transformed from an idea sketched out on a page, into a reality.”

Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s, shares his enthusiasm for the Art of Wishes initiative: “I have watched with wonderment at the inspiring way in which the Art of Wishes has generated such enthusiasm from collectors, with strong competition and commitment from all corners of the art market evident over recent years. We all agree that Batia is an extraordinary champion of this great charity for children, as well as so many emerging young artists, and I have always wanted to add my energy to the support of this extremely worthy campaign. It will be an honour for me to auction the Art of Wishes charity sale this year.”

Art of Wishes emerged from the profound tragedy of Batia Ofer’s sister, Sharon, who passed away at the tender age of 26. This personal loss ignited Batia’s unwavering commitment to stand alongside those battling critical illnesses and to make their dreams and wishes a reality during these challenging times. In the United Kingdom, approximately 63,000 children qualify for a wish due to life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. A wish offers them the opportunity to embrace positivity and look forward to something joyful, allowing them to be children first and patients second.

The synergy between the worlds of art and philanthropy at the Art of Wishes Gala 2023 promises to create a night of profound impact. It’s a testament to the power of human creativity, compassion, and generosity, all converging for the noble cause of bringing hope and happiness to children facing extraordinary challenges.

Images: Christie’s

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