Launch of Arts for Human Rights: Bianca Jagger Human Rights Award for Courage to Ai Weiwei and Award for Leadership to Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui

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The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation Awards will be presented to two inspiring figures for their outstanding contribution to human rights, social justice and the environment at ‘Arts for Human Rights.

“We are the World and the World is us. Everything is interconnected we are one superorganism and we forget other people and the planet at all peril,” stated by Marc Quinn, artist and designer of the awards.

The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation Award for Courage will be presented to Ai Weiwei, in recognition of his heroic dedication to free speech and democratic principles and the Award for Leadership will be presented to Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, Chief of the Gamebey Clan of the Suruí People of Rondônia in Brazil, in recognition of his visionary leadership of the Surui people, and his courageous struggle in defence of their ancestral land, in the Amazon.

The awards were designed by Marc Quinn and produced by Swarovski.

Charity Auction of works by leading Contemporary Artists

Viewing of Artworks: 6 -14 Occtober Auction: October 14, 2011

Location: Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, London, SW1P 1BB

Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, said “The idea for the ‘Arts for Human Rights’ Gala came to me while I was campaigning for the courageous Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, earlier this year. I was inspired by his valiant stand in defence of free speech and human rights. Ai Weiwei’s life and work are emblematic of the values we are honouring at ‘Arts for Human Rights.’”

Phillips de Pury & Company will be hosting the charity auction ‘Arts for Human Rights’ on the 14th October to raise awareness and funds for the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (BJHRF). This event, sponsored by Swarovski, will be the first fundraising event for the charity. Highlights of the auction will be on view at Howick Place from 6 – 14 October 2011.

Simon de Pury remarked, “We are proud to lend our support for the launch of 'Art for Human Rights'. Bianca Jagger has always been surrounded by great artists. It is wonderful to witness how they have all rallied around her in supporting her deep and passionate commitment to human rights and the protection of the environment through the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation.”

Confirmed for the press conference at 11am on 6th October:
Bianca Jagger, Simon de Pury, Raqib Shaw

Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, London, SW1P 1BB
Please contact Fiona McGovern for interview requests and to confirm attendance:
fmcgovern(at)phillipsdepury(dot)com | 0207 318 4028

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Giulia Costantini
Head of Communications
+44 20 7318 4010

Fiona McGovern
Communications Assistant
+44 20 7318 4010


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