HRH Princess Eugenie of York has officially announced the Be Inspired Contemporary Art Auction in aid of Children & the Arts, taking place at Christie’s, King Street on Wednesday 8 March, as part of their Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales, including a selection of works for Christie's online sale from 4-13 April. 

Speaking about her patronage of the Be Inspired charity auction, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, said:

"I am truly inspired by the amazing work Children & the Arts does to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. For more than a decade, the charity has been using the arts to help children overcome the unfair barriers that can hold back confidence, self-worth and attainment. This auction will give them the vital funds they need to continue to be there for the many children in the UK that need their support."

HRH Princess Eugenie of York

The auctions offer an exciting selection of contemporary art from artists such as Martin Creed, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jonas Burgert, Gavin Turk and Bernar Venet.


Marius Bercea,  Riviera of Restless Shining 4, 2015
Jonas Burgert, Trifft, 2017
Chris Succo, Untitled [1308630], 2016

You can find the full list of artists and their works here

In her professional role at leading contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth in London, HRH Princess Eugenie of York, kindly secured the piece by Martin Creed for the charity sale.

Every art work sold will allow more children to take part in Children & the Arts' UK-wide programmes, giving children who are at risk of being left behind, a more fulfilled, creative and exciting education, whilst raising their confidence, educational attainment and aspiration.

Douglas Gordon, A game for two players or more (My friend is mine), 2009
Martin Creed, Work No. 2386, 2015

"We are proud and hugely grateful to have Her Royal Highness’s patronage. Be Inspired is our contemporary art 'biennale', offering for auction an outstanding collection of art works that will provide much needed funds to support and extend the charity’s reach to many more children in need of our special work. We are incredibly grateful to all artists, and all those involved, who have generously donated work."

Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive, Children & the Arts


A Private View & Party on Friday 3rd March from 6:00-8:30pm at Christie’s, King Street will provide guests with an exclusive viewing of the Be Inspired art works.

Buy tickets to the Be Inspired Private View & Party here

For those unable to attend the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale at Christie’s on Wednesday 8 March, but would like to bid by telephone or register for Absentee Bidding, please contact Christie’s on +44(0)20 7839 9060. To register for the Post-War and Contemporary Art Online sale, please email pwconline@christies.com.

The Be Inspired Auction is in association with leading independent Private Investment Office, Floreat Group, and sponsored by Harbottle & Lewis and Momart.