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Charity begins at home with sale of drawings


On behalf of the Architects Benevolent Society, Shoreditch Architecture Centre, and myself, I write to thank all those who kindly supported our recent Selling Exhibition of Architects Drawings, as part of Architecture Week.

This was a unique event which succeeded in raising the profile of ABS, whose remit is to help architects and their families, who are in need of support.

We also raised about £2,000, and helped to stimulate the market in architects' drawings as valuable and collectable commodities. In particular I would like to thank David Rock, pastpresident of the RIBA, and president of the ABS, for his generous donation of two original Oscar Niemeyer sketches, which were snapped up at £250 each, as well as two of his own works; the ABS, which donated a one-off copy of a Le Corbusier drawing; Foster and Partners, which donated five works, including an excellent image of Wembley Stadium (still available at £300); and Richard Rogers, who donated a signed limited-edition silk-screen print of the Pompidou Centre.

Most important, I would like to thank all those who attended the exhibition, particularly those who made a purchase.

Any unsold drawings are being donated to the Architects Benevolent Society for future fund-raising events. Finally, Norman Webster from the ABS deserves singular praise for his efforts in making the event a success and a pleasure.

Next year I would like to repeat the event on a grander scale, possibly with the assistance of the RIBA, and I look forward to the continuing generous support of colleagues.

Chris Roche,11.04 Architects

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