WaterAid x British Art Fair: A partnership to turn the tide on the climate crisis

Posted by
Rachel Sewell
4 August 2022
WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo

WaterAid today announces a partnership with British Art Fair, which will see a collection of site-specific, climate-themed works go under the hammer at this year’s fair to raise awareness of the devastating impact of climate change on vulnerable communities’ access to clean water.  
British Art Fair, which runs from 29 September – 2 October, is the marketplace for Modern and Contemporary British Art. WaterAid will be curating an exhibition in a dedicated area on the second floor of London’s iconic Saatchi Gallery with the works going up for sale in an auction with a twist (details to be revealed nearer the time).  

As part of the charity’s commitment to supporting rising stars in the art world, the British artists featured range from celebrities and household names to emerging artists. All the artists involved are kindly donating from between 50% to 100% of their sale to WaterAid, helping to bring clean water to everyone, everywhere.  

Jennie York, Director of Communications and Fundraising at WaterAid in the UK, said: 

“We are thrilled to be the official charity partner for the British Art Fair. One in ten people do not have clean water close to home and climate change is making it even harder for vulnerable communities. Our collaboration at this year’s event will be an integral moment to shine a light on this through the creativity of our artistic supporters, as part of our ongoing climate campaigning. We are looking forward to unveiling these incredible artworks of change to the world.”  

Gay Hutson, Fair Director, British Art Fair, said: 

“Many artists have been instrumental in challenging the status quo of the day. Through their creativity, artists are ideally placed to be at the forefront of delivering hard truths which others cannot. It is a pleasure to partner with WaterAid and see that today’s artists look to support their vital work in combatting climate change and its devastating effects on our world.”   
Keep an eye out for further announcements and secure your tickets at www.britishartfair.co.uk  


Notes to Editors: 

WaterAid is working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. The international not-for-profit organisation works in 28 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water and nearly 29 million people with decent toilets. 

For more information, visit our website wateraid.org/uk, follow us on Twitter @WaterAidUK, @WaterAid or @WaterAidPress, or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram

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  3. WaterAid calculations based on: Prüss-Ustün A, et al. (2019). Burden of Disease from Inadequate Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Selected Adverse Health Outcomes: An Updated Analysis with a Focus on Low- and Middle-Income Countries. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. vol 222, no 5, pp 765-777. AND The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (2020) Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. Seattle, WA: University of Washington.  
  4. World Health organization (2012) Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage  
  5. www.wateraid.org 

Saatchi Gallery  

Since 1985, Saatchi Gallery has provided an innovative platform for contemporary art. Exhibitions have presented works by largely unseen young artists, or by international artists whose work has been rarely or never exhibited in the UK. This approach has made the Gallery one of the most recognised names in contemporary art. Since moving to its current 70,000 square feet space in the Duke of York’s Headquarters in Chelsea, London, the Gallery has welcomed over 10 million visitors. The Gallery hosts thousands of school visits annually and has over 6 million followers on social media. In 2019, Charles Saatchi formally stepped back from his management of Saatchi Gallery with the organisation beginning a new chapter in its history as a fully independent registered charity. Saatchi Gallery has an expansive education and learning programme and partners with a wide variety of schools, colleges, universities and community organisations.  

Registered Charity Number: 1182328 

#saatchigallery @saatchi_gallery 

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY 


British Art Fair 

Founded in 1988, British Art Fair is the only fair dedicated to Modern and Contemporary British Art. Its showcase of paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures covers all the important artistic movements of the past 100 years. Most of the great names of 20th century British art are represented: Frank Auerbach, David Bomberg, Lucian Freud, Elisabeth Frink, Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, L..S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, John Piper, Bridget Riley, Walter Sickert and Graham Sutherland alongside contemporary names such as Grayson Perry, Banksy and many others of the 21st century. Much of the work is privately sourced and fresh to the market, and dealers – many of whom have been with the fair since its inception – keep work back for it each year. The result is a niche event of the highest quality. 

British Art Fair  
29 September - 2 October 2022 
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY 
britishartfair.co.uk @britishartfair 

Buy Tickets: bit.ly/BAF22Tickets 

Jessica Wood, Head of Communications, British Art Fair, [email protected] Tel: 07939 226988 

For more information, please contact: 

Rachel Sewell, PR Manager, WaterAid, [email protected]. Or call the after-hours press line on +44 (0)7887 521 552, or email [email protected].