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The Art of Wishes

The Art of Wishes is a charitable initiative that brings the international art community together to raise funds for Make-A-Wish UK. Driven by the vision of its Founder, Batia Ofer, the Art of Wishes engages a wide network of artists, collectors, galleries and institutions to host events, commission new works and raise awareness, with the sole aim of granting life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
 
Collectively raising more than £8.3 million to date, each of these events have taken place at the start of the world-renowned Frieze Fair in London, with Frieze very generously supporting the events by providing guests in attendance with VIP access to their exclusive previews. 
 
The Art of Wishes is unique in that it brings together the art world and wishes to raise life-changing funds for Make-A-Wish UK. In addition to traditional live and silent auctions, The Art of Wishes Gala Dinners have astounded guests and the art world alike with a unique art auction featuring works donated by established and emerging contemporary artists. Each artist was asked to create or donate a piece of work inspired by the wishes of the seriously ill children Make-A-Wish work with. 

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The Art of Wishes 2021

11.10.2021 • THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

About

The Art of Wishes 2021

The Art of Wishes 2021 marked a long-awaited return to events for both the Art of Wishes and Make-A-Wish UK. It proved to be a spectacular evening celebrating the collaboration of artworld and life-changing wishes.

On the evening of 11th October, 400 prominent guests were welcomed to The Natural History Museum by host, David Walliams OBE. Guests were seated to the tune of The Ember Trio and there was an exclusive performance by the cast of the hit West End musical The Lion King.

Following the keen eye of its founder and patrons, the auction was carefully curated with a finger on the pulse of the modern art world. Instead of solely listing classic works by established names, Batia Ofer used this landmark event to provide a platform to champion emerging talent and underrepresented artists. The artworks selected also aimed to reflect the changing landscape of the artworld, with the 2021 auction hosting the Art of Wishes’ first collectible NFT artwork.

The evening went on to surpass all expectations, becoming Make-A-Wish UK's biggest ever fundraiser and raising an astounding £3.5 million on the night, which will grant around 1,600 wishes to children with critical conditions.

Thank you to all those who made this possible.

The Impact

OF A WISH

63,000 children in the UK have been diagnosed with a critical illness changing their lives and the lives of their families forever, bringing the joy of childhood to an abrupt end with treatment plans, hospital visits and sleepless nights taking over.

The power of a wish revives a childhood stolen by critical illness. It brings light and joy to children and their loved ones, with a profound and lasting impact on all their lives.

But Make-A-Wish UK can't be that light for everyone. Getting a wish takes an army of volunteers, community support, skills and donations to help those children feel like children again.

That is why The Art of Wishes exists. Together, we have the power to light up the darkness

Wish child, Riley meeting astronaut Tim Peake

"I wish to be a spaceman and meet Time Peake"
Riley, 5, VACTERL

For five-year-old Riley, his wish wasn’t just meeting an astronaut, it was a day that he can look back on to rocket him far, far away from hospitals and treatment whenever he needs it.

Mum, Rachel, said: “You truly have made a little boy’s life better. He suffers from anxiety and has so much going on, it’s something we can reflect on when he’s having a panic attack. We’ll keep it with us for the rest of our lives.” 

The Committee

MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE ART OF WISHES
Batia Ofer

Batia Ofer

Chair

Batia Ofer is the Founder of Art of Wishes, a charity initiative that combines her passion for art with raising money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish UK. An art enthusiast and collector, Batia is a cultural and educational philanthropist, serving as a trustee for the Royal Academy of Arts as well as sitting on the International Council for Sotheby’s and the V&A.

Working with Make-A-Wish for over a decade, she founded Art of Wishes in 2017 and to date, has raised over £8 million to support the work of the foundation and grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Hosting a yearly event, Batia brings together her established global network of artists, galleries and collectors to host an auction of stunning works and experiences, coinciding with Frieze Art Fair. Batia also serves as a Patron for Make-A-Wish and was Honorary President for the foundation in Israel for many years.

OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Rena Sindi Abboud

Julia Baumhoff Zaouk

Gia de Picciotto

Mariana Herrera Frahm

Anu Hinduja

Isabella Icoz

Sharon Podrojski

Debora Staley

Sayoko Teitelbaum

About Make-A-Wish UK

Founded in 1986, Make-A-Wish UK exists to bring the light and grant wishes to critically ill children.

The Art of Wishes brings together the art world to raise vital funds for these children through exclusive events and auctions.

The Art of Wishes is run in partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation UK.

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