Joy of Living exhibition at One Poultry unites over 100 designers, architects and artists in support of Maggie’s Centres

Charity project Joy of Living returns this autumn, presenting over 150 original artworks to be sold to raise money for Maggie’s Centres. Design author Max Fraser has invited over 150 established and emerging designers to create a one-off artwork that expresses the ‘joy of living’, utilising three pieces of differently coloured paper supplied from the Colorplan range by G.F Smith. The signed works will be up for public bid from the 5th – 10th September 2017 and displayed at the Grade II listed postmodern One Poultry building in the City of London, designed by James Stirling. The project aims to raise more than £80,000 for Maggie’s, a charity that helps people to build a life beyond cancer, manage the impact of a diagnosis of cancer and to live with hope and determination.

Responding to the brief, artworks have been generously donated by a range of creative talent, including designers Jasper Morrison, Fredrikson Stallard, Barber & Osgerby, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Eley Kishimoto and Ilse Crawford; architects John Pawson, Ivan Harbour and Steven Holl; jewellery designers Hannah Martin and Jade Jagger; and artists Daniel Eatock, Rolf Sachs and Jake & Dinos Chapman.

From a selection of 12 colours, the designers were each provided with three randomly-selected A4 coloured sheets and asked to manipulate the paper in any manner they desired, and to supply a short text on the inspiration for their piece. Although the work will be signed, it will be displayed anonymously and the name of the creator not revealed until the piece has been purchased. The intention is to encourage an emotional response for each piece and for buyers to fall in love with the art itself, not the name behind it.

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