Nicholas Bonham leads the Charity Auction at the London Biennale



Nicholas Bonham, heir of the dynasty family of auctioneers that founded the internationally renowned Bonham's auction house is 1793, was the charismatic and charming protagonist of the Charity Auction held during the London Biennale at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. An artwork by Andy Warhol, Giorgio Armani, Daniela Grifoni, Aelita Andre (artwork visible in the image above) and other artists were sold in favour of the Salvation Army Chelsea Branch and Rotary International's End Polio Now Charity. There was a good participation on behalf of the guests who did their part to raise thousands of pounds for those in need.


The Worshipful the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Christopher Buckmaster - who can be seen in the image below with Roberto Gagliardi, presented the funds raised to the charities during the Biennale - an extraordinary exhibition that showcased the artworks of 140 artists from 40 different nations.


The Chelsea Old Town Hall was designed by John Brydon in 1885, an architect who was commissioned to realise very important projects including the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Memorial Hospital, the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and the Government Offices Great George Street in London.


The Town Hall offered an elegant Victorian setting with an ornate vaulted ceiling, brass chandeliers and mahogany paneled walls. A magnificent bow fronted stage with stairs curves down to the floor creating a warm atmosphere while the original artworks depicting historical characters associated with Chelsea provide a sense of heritage. The Chelsea Old Town Hall is the ideal setting for this celebration of contemporary art which is the London Art Biennale.


The London Biennale was a huge success, praised by the public, critics and distinguished guests. The event was noteworthy due to the excellent artistic quality and the exceptional curatorial study - we wait and see what the Biennale 2015 wil bring to London.

Top Left - Nicholas Bonham during the Charity Auction
Bottom Left - Roberto Gagliardi with Cllr Christopher Buckmaster during the Biennale
Bottom Right - Peter Gagliardi presenting the prize giving ceremony