12 Tue 12th Mar 2013
10:00am - 1:00pm

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Art Skate London celebrates — through art — the ISU World Figure Skating Championships®

London will open its doors and its hearts to the best 200 skaters in the world from more than 50 countries. The 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships®, which have been called the Olympic Gardens of figure skating, begin on March 11 and run through until March 17 at Budweiser Gardens.

In anticipation of the skating fever that will soon be in the air, The ARTS Project has teamed up with Tourism London and a number of local businesses to launch Art Skate London. This innovative and exciting collaboration will give citizens of London the opportunity to bid on hand-autographed skates that have been turned into unique pieces of art work, each mounted on a marble base.

A number of skates are being transformed by local area artists into stunning pieces of art, each capturing the personality of the skaters who will autograph them. The idea is the brainchild of Robin Honey, President of the Board of Directors of The ARTS Project, London’s arts incubator for visual and performing artists. Honey says of Arts Skate London, “We wanted to do our own double axel and showcase the art of figure skating through pieces of visual art that both arts and sports enthusiasts would love to own. We have original skates that Tessa Virtue donated to Arts Skate London and more than 20 other skates are currently being transformed into works of art. Teaming up with local businesses in this way will enable us to showcase London’s strong cultural base in a novel way.”

Sponsors for Arts Skate London include Classic Granite who is providing the marble base for each of the 22 pieces of artwork, Tourism London, Royal Containers, Wade-Tech, and Lynda’s Skating Apparel have all joined the collaboration.

The Silent Auction for the skate sculptures will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13th at The ARTS Project on 203 Dundas Street and will continue until Saturday, March 16th at 1 p.m. The auction will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day during the bidding period.

The ARTS Project will have extended hours during the Skating Chapionships

Wednesday March 13, 10am to 7pm
Thursday March 14, 10am to 7pm
Friday March 15, 10am to 7pm
Saturday March 16, 10am to 5pm

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