Unity Project and Museum London are teaming up to bring the iconic UPwithART Auction online, with the support of Van Simpson – Scotia Wealth Management.

Over 70 incredible visual art pieces are up for auction, and there are several ways to donate and participate in this week-long event!

Arts, Culture, Community

UPwithART is a great way to support for not one but two excellent causes. Proceeds from the event support Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London.

The visual art piece GONG-SI by Claude Tousignant, 1967.
One of the pieces up for sale from the Collectors Collection: GONG-SI by Claude Tousignant, 1967, original signed serigraph screenprint.

Unity Project provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for people struggling with homelessness in London, ON. Unity Project has moved its emergency shelter operations to a hotel during the pandemic to ensure social distancing and protect a vulnerable population. Beyond crisis support, Unity Project also offers a housing stability program with case management, firm in their belief that housing with support is the solution to ending homelessness.

Museum London is a cultural gem in downtown London. It houses an extensive and vital art collection and offering a range of public programming. Though the pandemic has closed the museum’s doors multiple times, Museum London still finds ways to enrich the community. The museum continues to reach Londoners, from creating art kits and free activities for families to offering virtual tours of exhibitions.

Proven Success

In previous years, Museum London has hosted UPwithART onsite. Hopefully, in-person events are not far off on the horizon. In the meantime, UPwithART has already proven itself as a successful online event with its 2020 iteration, UPwithART 2.0. The first virtual UPwithART featured an Art and Activism panel discussion and daily check-ins with Unity Project staff. The event ultimately raised an incredible $146 000 for Unity Project and Museum London.

This year’s event will also feature a virtual panel discussion. The leaders of both Unity Project and Museum London will join Rebecca Zandbergen of the CBC and Patrick Mahon from Western University to discuss the role of community in persevering towards the future in the panel, “Looking for Courage, and Finding Encouragement.”

Many Ways to Play

Whether you’re an established collector or a novice to the art scene, there are several options to participate in UPwithART. The UPwithARTists gallery features over 30 newer pieces from contemporary artists, most of which are from London. The art spans a wide range of media, with work by painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators, and more.

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There is also the Collectors Collection, which features generous donations from local collectors. This gallery includes treasures such as a 1967 Claude Tousignant screen print and work by regionalist icon Bernice Vincent among others.

The visual art piece Landscape by Bernice Vincent, date unknown.
The piece Landscape by Bernice Vincent, date unknown, graphite and watercolour on paper.

The Winescape collection provides both libation and an air of mystery to the auction. Works by mystery artists are paired with mystery bottles of wine. The mysteries will be revealed at the auction’s close.

Yet another way to collect is the event’s artist multiple. Each year at UPwithART, there is an open edition piece of art available for purchase. This year, award-winning Mohawk artist Shelley Niro has created a t-shirt of her photographic work, The Wild Ones and the Colonized. These open edition fine art shirts will be screen printed by local faves Rezonance Printing.

A young woman in a face mask models a white T-Shirt featuring the visual art piece The Wild Ones and The Colonized by Shelley Niro.
Jordan models this year’s open edition multiple featuring the work of Shelley Niro.

Finally, if your walls are full, but you still want to contribute, you can make cash donations through the Money Now program. There is a matching gift of $20 000, so your donation will be doubled!

It’s an excellent time to refresh your home decor. Why not support two amazing local organizations at the same time? Registration is free, and if you sign up before midnight on Tuesday, April 20th, you could win a Peter Max lithograph valued at $2500! Sign up at the link below, pour yourself a glass of wine or sparkling juice, and take a walk through the virtual gallery.

Click here to register for UPwithART.

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