Our hotly anticipated Neo-Romantic Art Gala took place at Masterpiece London, raising £1.2m to aid our fight against child abuse
Hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Mariella Frostrup, The Neo-Romantic Art Gala featured special performances by renowned British magician Dynamo and multi-platinum selling singer, Emeli Sandé. Guests included Sir Michael Caine, Gwendoline Christie, Patrick Cox, David Furnish, Naomie Harris, Eva Herzigova, Elizabeth Hurley and Roland Mouret, many of whom got into the party spirit donning neo-romantic inspired outfits.
During the drinks reception and dinner at the Le Caprice pop-up, guests had the chance to bid in a silent auction which featured lots including the chance to be photographed by Alistair Morrison with 12 friends, recreating his iconic 'Actors' Last Supper' photograph currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery, a private box at the O2 for 18 people to watch One Directions in concert and a VIP personal shopping experience at Selfridges.
"The NSPCC does such important work, and I'm delighted to have been able to show my support by performing - children love magic and so it seemed like the perfect fit!"
Dynamo / Magician
But the main event was undoubtedly the live auction, hosted by Sotheby's, which featured pieces donated by contemporary artists including Mat Collishaw, Antony Gormley and Edward Ruscha. Guests also battled it out to win other exclusive lots, including the chance to be photographed by legendary photographer Paolo Roversi, and a pair of exquisite white diamonds earrings set in 18 carat white gold by private jewellers Star Diamond.
The money raised through the star-studded event will enable us to continue our work with children affected by sexual abuse, helping them to recover through a range of therapies, including play therapy.
"Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we've raised £1.2m - a fantastic amount which will enable us to continue our work with children affected by sexual abuse."
Peter Wanless / NSPCC Chief Executive
"The NSPCC is a charity close to my heart and so it was an honour to host The Neo-Romantic Art Gala and see such a wealth of support for this fantastic cause," TV presenter Claudia Winkleman said.
Following his performance at the Neo-Romantic Art Gala Dynamo added, "The NSPCC does such important work, and I'm delighted to have been able to show my support by performing - children love magic and so it seemed like the perfect fit!"
NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless said, "Thanks to the generosity of our guests, we've raised £1.2m - a fantastic result which will enable us to continue our work with children affected by sexual abuse, helping them take their first steps on the road to recovery."