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9TH – 13TH OCTOBER 2013 STRARTA art Fair Venue: Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s HQ King’s Road London SW3
Damien Hirst, Paul Fryer, David Bailey and Joana Vasconcelos are the latest artists to confirm participation in Art Wars – an exhibition of Stormtrooper helmets transformed into works of art by artists including Yinka Shonibare, Inkie, Mat Collishaw, Mr.BrainWash, Ben Eine, Antony Micallef, Oliver Clegg and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
The project sees Ben Moore, founder of Art Below, team up with the Missing People Charity and Andrew Ainsworth, creator of the original Stormtrooper from Star Wars.
Art Wars will be unveiled at the inaugural STRARTA Art Fair this October (9-13th) before being auctioned off for the Missing Tom fund detailed below.
A full list of artists will be revealed in September, but current contributors include Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, English multimedia street artist D*Face, Antony Micallef of BP Portrait Award fame, East London’s Alphabet Street creator Ben Eine, rising star of the London contemporary arts scene Oliver Clegg, Turner prize nominee Yinka Shonibare, street artist Inkie and internationally celebrated artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Paul Fyer and Mat Collishaw.
All participating artists have been issued with a Stormtrooper helmet cast from the original 1976 moulds by Andrew Ainsworth.
2013 marks the 10th year that Ben’s brother Tom has been missing. Proceeds from the Art Wars exhibition and auction go to the Missing Tom fund, which was started up specifically to raise money to support the search for Thomas Moore.
Tom left his family home in 2003. He was aged 31 years old. His friends and family have not heard from him since then.
His brother Ben spent the next three years looking for him and at one point was two weeks behind him. With the demands and pressures of London life, and becoming a dad of two, Ben was forced to put the search for his brother on hold. Now ten years on and with the support of the Missing People Charity, his family is reopening the search for Tom and has started up a website www.missingtom.com. A short narrated film about Tom can be viewed here .
Ben Moore says:
“I am excited about the potential of Art Wars to raise awareness, not just for my brother Tom’s disappearance, but also for the Missing People Charity and the work they do day in and day out. I am very grateful to the participating artists for giving their time and energy to this project and really believe that with their support we will find Tom.’