A collection of NFT digital art, created by leading talent, is currently under the hammer to support young artists. Commissioned by Hendrick’s Gin, the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Saatchi Gallery Learning – to further its education programmes and nurture budding creative minds
The artists have been briefed to create unique artworks to commemorate this most unique of summers
Following 18 months of stifled curiosity and suppressed creative expression, Hendrick’s Gin is encouraging the most inquisitive to resubmerge themselves once again… through the blooming artistic explosion of NFTs (non-fungible tokens or unique digital tokens). The arts and culture sector were hit terribly by Covid, with output 46% down on last year, in Q4 alone. Young people in particular have been hit the hardest with Saatchi Gallery Learning focusing on helping this demographic.
A guest views O(A)K Computer an NFT by Jake Elwes
The artists have been briefed to create unique artworks to commemorate this most unique of summers. Acclaimed sculptor Polly Morgan and spoken word artist and commentator Raven Smith, with established digital artists Ray Caesar and Jake Elwes completing the captivating line up.
Each bespoke creation is being auctioned through Rarible – with proceeds being donated to support Saatchi Gallery’s Learning Programme – and bring to life the sense of escape and hope the nation feels this summer, as well as portraying the juxtaposition between the ‘Zoom overload’ digital world we’re now all so accustomed to, and the physical world we’re daring to dip our toes back into. The auction is live now here.
Donations from the Hendrick’s G&(NF)T exhibition X Rarible auction will support Saatchi Gallery to continue to expand its celebrated learning programme, geared towards introducing a diverse audience to the cutting edge of contemporary art. Saatchi Gallery Learning aims to reveal the possibilities of artistic expression to young minds, encouraging fresh thought and stimulating innovation such as NFTs.
Spoken word artist and commentator Raven Smith, who has penned his reflections on this unique summer for a piece of digital art for the collection, comments, “I love summer as much as the next guy, but this summer hit different. It felt like a series of pleasant but disjointed vignettes, rather than an overarching narrative. I wanted to print a still from our snapshot summer. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this and collaborating with the team to help the prose exist in a new and distinctive way.”
Lala Thorpe, Head of Learning at Saatchi Gallery adds, “Our learning programmes aim to respond to our ever-changing environments and encourage participants to explore fresh ways of looking at contemporary art. We are grateful to be a part of this exciting showcase of NFT works by emerging artists and to be supported in our efforts to continue to deliver our thought-provoking and immersive learning activities.”