How art and philanthropy are natural partners.
Art first appeared in caves 40,000 years ago. The arts define humanity and our ability to understand, imagine, create and communicate.
The devastation and destruction of war may not sound like the most obvious inspiration for beautiful art, but for conceptual artist and photographer Bran Symondson, serving in the Special Forces in Afghanistan sparked exactly that. Renowned for his controversial installations using decommissioned guns – which he picked up from battlefields – Symondson unequivocally has a unique creative eye.
Bran has single-handedly raised more than half a million pounds alone for charities around the world.
He always wanted to generate money and help charitable organisations which are close to his heart, such as Human Rights Watch and Environmental Charities.
At a dinner for the Human Rights Watch in November 2017, his piece ‘Fragile souls’ sold at auction for £37,500, while at the Tempus Earth Conservation Gala in May 2018, his specially created work ‘For everything to change we need everyone’ (pictured above) fetched £40,000 for WWF, funding vital research into wildlife conservation. These are just a few to mention, see below all charitable work Bran has been involved in.
Voices For Justice annual London dinner raises record-breaking funds for Human Rights Watch with the help of artist Bran Symondson.
Artists Bran Symondson and Sebastião Salgado among silent auction prizes at the Tower of London gala
Human Rights Watch hosted their annual fundraising dinner November 2017, raising £952,830 on the night – a record-breaking amount for the UK capital. The nonprofit organisation, which is an independent watchdog and campaigning group. Guests were invited to the Tower of London for a gala dinner and silent auction, including commissions by artists Bran Symondson and Sebastião Salgado who followed in the footsteps of previous Human Rights Watch artists Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin.