On Thursday 29th September 2016, Darren Baker Gallery was proud to play host to The Prince's Trust's 40th anniversary celebrations. Founded in 1976 by Charles, Prince of Wales, The Prince's Trust is one of the most successful funding organisations in the UK and the UK's leading youth charity, having helped over 825,000 young people turn their lives around, created 125,000 entrepreneurs and and given business support to 395,000 people in the UK.
"An Evening of Art" celebrated the charity with both a live and silent auction of artworks generously donated by established and emerging artists, including Darren Baker, Maggi Hambling, Peter Blake, PINS, Richard Gower, and many more, in support of the charity's educational and career training and mentoring programmes.
Having received vital career support from The Prince's Trust as a young man, celebrated classical hyperrealist artist and Gallery Director Darren Baker created a specially commissioned pencil drawing of Clarence House for the live auction, as well an series of 40 limited edition prints available to purchase on the night.
Starting with introductory speeches by Patron and renowned British actress Samantha Bond, and Young Ambassador Natalie Mitchell, BBC TV antiques expert and DBG artist David Harper then delivered a very animated live auction, featuring a fantastic range of donated artworks from the likes of Godfather of British Pop Art Sir Peter Blake, James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, ubiquitous public sculptor Conrad Shawcross, and Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts Eileen Cooper, amongst others.
All donated works by DBG artists - Darren Baker, PINS, David Harper, Richard Gower and Millena DeMille - were successfully auctioned off to raise vital funds for the charity.
A big thank you to all who took part in making the event a huge success - whether in the organisation, running, donation or support of DBG's first charity art auction! To find out more about The Prince's Trust programmes and activities, visit https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/