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Leading architects donate drawings for charity show

Drawings of London’s West End by 100 eminent architects, designers and artists go on show from 1 November at Somerset House and will be auctioned, with proceeds going to charity Article 25

One hundred big names from the worlds of architecture and art have contributed their ‘secret views and private interpretations’ of London’s West End for a charity auction.

The artworks have been created for the second 10 x 10: Drawing the City event, which paired 100 of the UK’s leading contemporary artists, designers and architects, including Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster, with locations from a 10 x 10 grid drawn over London’s West End.

The drawings will be auctioned for international disaster and poverty relief charity Article 25 on 14 November. Figures including Ken Shuttleworth, David Adjaye, Paul Smith and Jake and Dinos Chapman have contributed artworks. All will be exhibited at Somerset House from 1 to 13 November and 25 selected pieces will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 14 November. The remaining 75 will be sold through a silent auction during the exhibition.

David Adjaye, who also participated in the 2011 event, described 10 x 10 as a ‘fascinating and diverse lens’ through which to view the capital. He said: ‘It is a series of unseen portraits of the city – secret views and private interpretations of the past, present and future of our ever-changing capital. Collectively, the work tells an evocative urban story as told by influential urban thinkers and designers.’

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