Gracious Art 2018

The resulting work of art of twelve famous artists and children with cerebral palsy went under the hammer, and the proceeds were donated to help families with children with cerebral palsy to the centers that Gracious Heart Foundation supports:
The Children’s Trust and Brainwave

The charity auction took place in Christie’s on 21st of March 2018

Gracious Heart Charity Foundation works with children affected by cerebral palsy and their families, offering support by financing treatments, aiding in buying special equipment and offering other help that the family may need. Despite the fact that the government offers a lot of support, many families do not have access to the right amount of rehabilitation treatments and spend years on waiting lists.

The foundation provides the families that do not have the financial means the opportunity to undergo these treatments without the long waiting list, as well as additional equipment that the child may need to have a better quality of life.

Aside from financial help, Gracious Heart is working on raising awareness about Cerebral Palsy and organizing projects that involve the child’s artistic and creative side, therefore providing them with a medium to express themselves and socialize with other people.

Gracious Heart Foundation

Gracious Heart Foundation partnered with well-known artists, both acclaimed professionals,
and young masters who worked for several days with children
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The main objective was that both
artists and children create something
together, even the colors of artworks
were picked with the involvement
of both the artist and the child.
At the end of the process the child
could use their creativity and the artist
gained a lifetime experience making
a difference in the child’s life.
A global team worked with the children, which included artists from Russia, England, Italy, America, France. They tried to help their young co-authors to express themselves and put their hearts and souls into the picture.
Among the artists, there are many that that are distinguished in the contemporary art world and whose works are exhibited in the world's leading galleries and museums.

Artists & paintings

Charity auction’s numbers

£ 330 000
Total raised on the night

Brainwave

Brainwave was established in 1982 and exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence by aiming to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.

Brainwave believes that there is no such thing as a typical child; children can have a range of disabilities and/or developmental delay, these include cerebral palsy, autism and genetic disorders such as Down's syndrome.
The Brainwave Programme aims to develop the maximum potential of each child by taking an integrated approach to their physical and cognitive development and by aiming to enhance a child's social skills and emotional well-being

Our specialist therapists, who are drawn from the mainstream fields of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and educational therapy, work with the family to devise a unique programme, specifically designed to suit their child’s needs, which will help and encourage them to unlock their child’s potential.

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy

Brainwave also offer post – Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) including one to one therapy sessions and hydrotherapy to children with cerebral palsy.

SDR is a surgical procedure that helps them to manage their condition. Children who have undergone the surgery will require significant physiotherapy input to help them on their journey to rehabilitation.

Please find below a breakdown of how your donation will support Brainwave

£ 119,000

Guardian Sponsorship - £21,000

It costs Brainwave £3,500 per child, per year, to provide them with a year of therapy and support.

This is heavily subsidised by Brainwave but we do ask families to make a small contribution towards their assessments.

We are proud to never turn a family away, therefore if the family cannot contribute financially towards their assessments then we fundraise on their behalf through sponsorship

Please find below a breakdown of how your donation will support Brainwave

6 children with cerebral palsy from across the UK took part in the Gracious Arts Project with Brainwave

Each of these families will have a grant of £3,500 restricted for them to be able to use for their child’s therapy at Brainwave.

Should the families choose it, then we will also offer to reimburse any assessment costs that have taken place since 20th March 2017 (the date of the first child/artist meeting) out of their £3,500 grant.

Any remaining funds will then be held by the Charity ‘in trust’ to cover any future contributions towards therapy at Brainwave until all funds are utilised and/or the child goes off programme. If the child goes off programme whilst there are funds still available then these will be deferred to another child with cerebral palsy in need of financial support.

Brainwave Programme

£ 98,000

This year it will cost the Charity £2.9 million to support 640 children and their families on the Brainwave Programme.

The remaining portion of your donation will go towards supporting the cost of funding our three centresand therapists to support children to achieve life changing goals.

The fantastic sum of £98,000 would Make a significant difference in helping us cover the core costs of delivering our therapy programmes.

These costs include:


£ 609,000 The cost of supporting the 174 children with cerebral palsy each year

£ 344,000 The average cost of running one of our three Brainwave Centres each year

£ 37,000 The cost of funding each Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech and Language Therapist each year

Donation of £ 100 000 will support The Children’s Trust in a such a significant way by helping to fund four key areas of work:

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This donation will support 200 children at The Children’s Trust, helping each of them to live the best life possible

Music Therapy is used in variety of different ways

To help expert clinicians to build a full picture of a child’s abilities and level of awareness

To develop child’s communication skills through vocalisations or concepts such as turn-taking and choice-making

To allow children to explore how they can have an impact on their surroundings

To develop physical skills, supporting physiotherapy and speech and language therapy

To provide children with an opportunity to express their emotions

£27 361 would fund a full time Music Therapist for a year, supporting over 200 children with brain injury

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£25 440 would be covering to run fleet of wheelchair accessible vehicles for the year, taking all of the children at The Children’s Trust to vital medical appointments, trips back home and exciting outings into the community


With so much time dedicated each child’s care and medical needs, fun and laughter is an essential part of the rehabilitation process. For a child with a brain injury or cerebral palsy, having fun is a means of exploring the world around them. It is a way of developing new physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills to overcome the many disadvantages they now face.

£ 25 440 would be covering to run fleet of wheelchair accessible vehicles for the year, taking all of the children at The Children’s Trust to vital medical appointments, trips back home and exciting outings into the community 

With so much time dedicated each child’s care and medical needs, fun and laughter is an essential part of the rehabilitation process. For a child with a brain injury or cerebral palsy, having fun is a means of exploring the world around them. It is a way of developing new physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills to overcome the many disadvantages they now face.

Specialist items of equipment £ 21 937
Magic carpet £4000 (therapy projection device (£5000 part funded already).

Specialist play equipment (incl. sensory toys, arts & crafts kits, LED lighting, switch controlled toys for children with limited movement) £2107.

Brand new multisensory room for children to re-engage with their senses £5000 (est.).

Items of Medical Equipment (incl. nebulisers, sats monitors, PLS 5 (speech and language therapy tool) Aqua therapy chairs, physiotherapy balance training equipment.
Creating a home from home £ 22 472
The Children’s Trust School is located in national specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey and is one of the only special schools in the UK that provides education, therapy and care exclusively for children and young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex health needs, including Cerebral Palsy.
Aims for refurbishment project are:
Many of the children and young people at the school require high levels of support and many are not able to have their complex needs met elsewhere. The Children’s Trust have over 30 residential pupils who they offer age-appropriate education and activities to, from early years classes for the youngest children, to further education-style classes for older teenagers. These children live on site for either 48-52 weeks a year in houses with other young people of similar ages.


Whilst all the staff in The Children’s Trust continue deliver the high level of care and support required by the young people, the houses are now becoming tired and are in need of urgent refurbishment.


The bathrooms and kitchen need refitting, the living area and bedrooms need updating the building requires redecorating throughout. It is essential that for Gracious Heart Foundation to help carrying out this refurbishment to help to the school continue being compliant with current standards whilst their team is ensuring that they are creating the best environment possible for the children to live in.
To provide children with brain injury and their families, with the most comfortable residence possible. We want to make sure Willow are home from home, not only giving our residential school students accommodation that meets their profoundly complex needs, but also giving siblings and families a comforting environment to spend time together and unwind, just like any other family

The refurbishment will give the houses more longevity, making them more attractive and durable for their current residents, as well as those staying there in the future

To provide even more effective care, education and therapy for all the children, whilst fulfilling The Children’s Trust vision that children with brain injury have the opportunity to live the best life possible
£22 472 will fund new bathrooms in Willow House, making sure the children’s personal care needs are met to the highest possible standard in a welcoming environment

Donation of £ 52 000 to CPotential

CPotential is commited to provide children with cerebral palsy and other movement disorders life-changing learning, both at the school and through Early Intervention and Sessional Services. CPotential offers a range of specialist therapies and support, to offer each child the best possible education, tailored to meet their unique needs.

CPotential have integrated onsite team of teachers , Conductors, music therapists, an occupational therapist and a speech and language therapist. This September CPotential also will be introducing sensory integration therapy and rebound therapy.

The money raised from Gracious Art 2018 will support both of the school children and the sessional children, and help CPotential to reach the waiting list of children who need to access the services, which totals nearly 70 children.

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Simon de Pury

is one of the leading figures in the art market. He is renowned for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace and for his legendary performance on the auction podium.


Simon has been instrumental in championing the careers of many contemporary artists, photographers and designers. He has auctioned and secured a substantial number of the most legendary art collections for auctions and private treaty In 2010, he was the subject of an hourlong documentary on the BBC, titled ‘The Man with the Golden Gavel’. In 2010 and 2011 he was the mentor in Bravo's reality TV show 'Work of Art: The Next Great Artist’

He is an active charity auctioneer, and over the years has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of charities and cultural institutions. Examples include amfAR, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, Fondation Beyeler, Human Rights Watch, Elton John Aids Foundation and many others
Gracious Heart Foundation would like to express gratitude and appreciation to our special guests, friends and partners and all the participants
About Askeri Gallery

Askeri Gallery is a young rapidly developing gallery. The gallery opened its doors in 2015 in a cozy space on the Povarskaya street in the heart of Moscow, Russia. Askeri Gallery works with both young and established artists, representing main trends of Western and Eastern contemporary art. The gallery regularly opens new exhibitions, actively implementing projects on partners’ sites (including the state museums and private companies), and also represents artists on the international fairs of contemporary art.

Gallery founder – Polina Askeri
www.askerigallery.com


About ContiniArtUK Gallery

Askeri Gallery is a young rapidly developing gallery. The gallery opened its doors in 2015 in a cozy space on the Povarskaya street in the heart of Moscow, Russia. Askeri Gallery works with both young and established artists, representing main trends of Western and Eastern contemporary art. The gallery regularly opens new exhibitions, actively implementing projects on partners’ sites (including the state museums and private companies), and also represents artists on the international fairs of contemporary art

Gallery founder - Cristian Contini
www.continiartuk.com

About Opera Gallery

Askeri Gallery is a young rapidly developing gallery. The gallery opened its doors in 2015 in a cozy space on the Povarskaya street in the heart of Moscow, Russia. Askeri Gallery works with both young and established artists, representing main trends of Western and Eastern contemporary art. The gallery regularly opens new exhibitions, actively implementing projects on partners’ sites (including the state museums and private companies), and also represents artists on the international fairs of contemporary art

Gallery founder – Gilles Dyan
www.operagallery.com

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