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This Thursday (April 14), the Ai Heart Japan auction will be open for bidding on their collection of limited artworks and fashion garments in support of the Japan Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami Relief funds. A mix of desirable pieces from Meadham Kirchoff, Jamie Reid, Billy Childish, Yohji Yamamoto, Gareth Pugh and Ruth Hogben, to Kounosuke Kawakami, Pure Evil, Beatrice Boyle, Yuko Kondo, and Passarella Death Squad will be up for grabs - as well as raffle prizes from Alexander McQueen accessories to Olympus cameras, and dinners at Bistrotheque are to be won.
Dazed Digital: How did you find/curate the artists involved? Do they all have links to Japan or Japanese culture?
Peter Stitson: The artists were found through our creative network as well as through our personal friends and contacts. We have tried to include a balance of japanese artists as well as artists who just wanted to help the cause. It is also great that we have many fashion designers involved to add another dimension to the event.
DD: What were their responses like?
Peter Stitson: All the artists have been very, very supportive of the cause by kindly donating their work for free.
DD: Was there a particular reason for picking the location in the 'heart of the City' for the auction?
Peter Stitson: I had helped to organise a previous charity art auction in the same location, Devonshire Square, it was very successful and they kindly offered us a space again for this event. I think a perfect venue - close to the creative/business hubs of east london and the city.
DD: What is your favourite piece up for auction?
Peter Stitson: Impossible to say! But we are very proud that we have managed to incorporate so many strong Japanese artists.
If you would like to make an early bid on any of the works before the auction date please email your contact information and the amount you are bidding to firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation.