Phillips de Pury & Company Together with Tatler Announce Art for Bhopal Charity Auction on 11th October/Photocall Notice

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PHOTOCALL: ART FOR BHOPAL IN AID OF THE BHOPAL MEDICAL APPEAL: Thursday September 30th 2010, 11.30am at Phillips de Pury & Company, Howick Place, SW1P 1BB. Please contact: fmcgovern(at)phillipsdepury(dot)com /0207 318 4010. Confirmed artists include: Gavin Turk, Harland Miller, Jason Brook, Keith Coventry, Mat Collishaw, Polly Morgan, pure evil, Sir Peter Blake, Stephen Webster, Yinka Shonibare, Tim Noble and Sue Webster

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It was an atrocity that left so many people with so many unanswered questions.

Featuring Bhopal Pots by Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Barry Reigate, Conrad 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, Vinka Shonibare MBE and Pure Evil.

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

Phillips de Pury & Company are delighted to be hosting a charity auction in conjunction with Tatler magazine and Hamish McAlpine on the 11th October to raise awareness and funds for the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

To commemorate the passing of 25 years since the World’s worst-ever industrial disaster, The Bhopal Medical Appeal, has invited 25 of the World’s finest contemporary artists to contribute to a high profile exhibition and auction in London on 11th October.

Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Barry Reigate, Conrad 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 and Sue Webster, Tracey Emin, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Pure Evil have all decorated a traditional water carrying pot, still used by many people for their daily collection of water. These will be auctioned to raise funds for the Sambhavna 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 particularly symbolic as they highlight the ‘hidden’ second disaster of Bhopal’s toxic drinking water which continues to poison tens of thousands of people who have to drink it daily.

Commenting on the disaster, leading British Artist, Tracey Emin said, “It was an atrocity that left so many people with so many unanswered questions.”

To register a bid online or by telephone please contact:
Helen Rohwedder
+44 20 7318 4042

Notes for Editors:

The Bhopal Chemical Gas Disaster
The Bhopal Chemical Gas Disaster of December 3rd 1984 is the World’s worst ever industrial disaster. Highly toxic Methyl Isocyanate, used in the manufacture of the insecticide Sevin, leaked from a badly maintained American owned Union Carbide factory, late in the night of the 2nd December, killing at least 8,000 people and injuring hundreds of thousands more.

Important safety systems that would have prevented the disaster had been switched off to save money.

Nearly 25 years later, over 30,000 people have died and 120,000 chronically ill survivors are in desperate need of medical attention. Children are regularly born with terrible birth defects

The Union Carbide site (now owned by Dow) remains seriously contaminated with chemical waste continuing to poison people living near the abandoned factory.

Bhopal’s Second Disaster.

Environmental poisoning has seriously contaminated the drinking water. Union Carbide are known to have dumped massive amounts of toxic waste into the soil around the factory (and later as liquid waste into ‘Solar Evaporation Ponds’ off site). Powerful toxins have leached into the drinking water aquifers.

Over 30,000 people are chronically ill from drinking contaminated water from their standpipes and wells. This number is growing as toxins spread further into the water table.

The Bhopal Medical Appeal (Registered Charity No: 1117526)

The Bhopal Medical Appeal ( exists to fund an award winning clinic called Sambhavna in Bhopal. The clinic is the only place that anybody suffering the effects of the toxic gas or contaminated water can receive free treatment and respectful care. All health care is free, appropriate, patient centred and based on the carefully balanced combination of Western medicine and traditional therapies such as Ayurveda and Panchkarma.

Sambhavna demonstrates many innovations in sustainable healthcare. The building is built of sustainable materials, captures rainwater, re-cycles waste water and is powered by solar panels. A large organic garden produces plants and herbs which are blended to produce over 50 different Ayurvedic medicines.

The clinic reaches out to people in smaller communities, identifying those requiring treatment, following up and actively monitoring health issues as they develop. It helps mobilise survivors to address long-term health and justice issues and advocates environmental remediation and clean water.

“My main recollection is that as an example of a holistic, environmentally sound, community focused and patient centred approach to health-care the Sambhavna clinic is way ahead of anything I have ever visited or worked in, anywhere in the world.”
Dr.John Hurst, Senior Lecturer/ Honorary Consultant UCL Medical School/ Royal Free Hampstead Trust

Phillips de Pury & Company
Founded in London in 1796, Phillips de Pury & Company is widely acknowledged as one of the three leading international auction houses and is the only major auction house to concentrate on contemporary art and culture. The Company has enjoyed immense success in the global marketplace as a result of its focus. Phillips de Pury & Company is universally acclaimed for the quality of its visual presentation in catalogues and pre-sale exhibitions, its creative marketing activities and the pioneering vision of its Chairman, Simon de Pury, and his team in identifying new collecting trends and setting numerous auction records. Phillips de Pury is recognized as the contemporary culture tastemaker.

Charity Contact:

Caroline Shapiro

Press Contacts:

Giulia Costantini
Head of Communications
+ 44 20 7318 4010

Fiona McGovern
Communications Assistant
+ 44 20 7318 4010


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