TWENTYEIGHT FINGERS is a collection of casts of the index fingers of creative people including visual artists, musicians, writers, animators, architects and poets; highlighting the diversity of creative thinking and practice. The piece includes the cast index fingers among others of Richard Deacon, Tacita Dean, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hiller, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Cornelia Parker, Tom Phillips and Ed Ruscha.
The Bronze Auctions
Three sets of the bronze fingers are being auctioned *online* using between September 2012 and January 2013. You can bid for Individual bronze fingers and also two complete sets of TWENTYEIGHT FINGERS. A certificate of authenticity signed by Joanna Brown and photograph(s) of the contributor(s) will be included with each piece.
Hand cast red glass fingers are being created for twenty four of the contributors. A certificate of authenticity, signed by Joanna Brown and incorporating a photograph of the contributor, will be included. A small limited edition of hand cast glass fingers from the some of the contributors will be auctioned on eBid too.
The proceeds of the auctions of the bronze casts will go towards art therapy at the Freedom from Torture and The Art House in Wakefield (see below).
Freedom from Torture
Freedom from Torture is the only national organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the rehabilitation of torture survivors, with treatment centres in Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Newcastle. In 2011 the organisation received referrals for help from over 1,500 people who came from more than 80 different countries, including high numbers from Iran, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The services provided include medical consultation, forensic documentation of torture and a variety of psychological therapies. Among the range of group therapies facilitated by Freedom from Torture, creative approaches, such as art therapy, are an invaluable part of the holistic approach the organisation takes to meet the complex and diverse needs of survivors of torture living in the UK.
The Art House
The Art House was established to create the integration of disabled and non-disabled artists. Founded in response to barriers to the visual arts, including a profound lack of physically accessible studio space, the organization provides a wide ranging artistic programme and inclusive, flexible and innovative workspace where technicians enable disabled artists and craftspeople to create new work alongside their non-disabled peers.
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