Minerva after the fund rasing art auction.blandine&magdalena

Fund raising art auction at Italian Institute Of culture London-Belgrave

Online PR News – 09-July-2009 – – The Art Project Minerva, created by

respected London-based artists Blandine

Martin and Magdalena Rutkowska, has raise

nearly £5000 through an organised auction of

artwork at the Italian Institute of Culture

in London Belgravia.

The purpose of the auction was to raise

money to assist in the renovation of one of

the most famous churches of the L'Aquila

region, "Di Santa Maria del Suffragio".

Many churches and buildings in the medieval

city of L'Aquila were destroyed in the

devastating earthquake of 6 April 2009

causing incalculable damage to Italy's

culture heritage. The dome of the Santa

Maria del Suffragio cracked open, exposing

the delicate gold patterns inside.

The auction on 2 July 2009 featured work

donated by artists from L'Aquila and

internationally. The auction was run by

Bloomsbury Auction House followed by delightful snack provided by "golden table" winner, restaurant The Knaypa. There were around

300 hundred guests, many of whom took

advantage of the opportunity to buy work at

a fraction of its usual price and by doing

so helped to boost the total raised.

"Our auction was a great success," said

Magdalena and Blandine. "We have had an

overwhelming response from people keen to

help, from artists donating their work and

buyers attending the event.

"At the moment we are working on preparation

for the next event which will take place in

Venice, followed by a similar event in Paris

and possibly New York. We strongly believe

that with the kind support we have enjoyed

so far we will be able to provide help to

restore the Di Santa Maria Del Suffragio

church, an important symbol of art and

culture for many generations in L'Aquila."

The guests attending the 2 July auction

Roberto Schneider-press corespondent

Italian embassy
Rossana Pittelli-art expert Italian

Lord Simon Clanmorris
Cindy Jackson
Lady Belhaven&Stenton
Polish Consul Jakub Zaborowski
Kulvinder Ghir actor and comedian
Michele Celeste poet and play writer
Jack Vettriano popular photographer
Piotr Gulbicki journalist..Dziennink Polski
Italian and British press and many others

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