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Sir Anish Kapoor creates unique work of art from Star Wars stormtrooper helmet for fundraising exhibition

To coincide with the launch of the latest Star Wars film Rogue 1 – release date 16 Dec – eight emerging and established artists, including Sir Anish Kapoor, have each embellished a Star Wars stormtrooper helmet with a unique design. The works will be on display for two days from 10 – 11 December at Le Dame Gallery, Melia Hotel, Regent’s Park. 

The participating artists Sir Anish Kapoor C.B.E., D*Face, Dan Baldwin, Carne Griffiths, Agnetha Sjogren, Polina Vasenkova, Schoony and Miranda Donovan, were each been given a stormtrooper helmet with the instructions from Art Below curator, Ben Moore, to “turn the Dark Side into the art side.”

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Damien Hirst says of Art Wars: I saw a cartoon recently where a stormtrooper is sat in a chair with his head in his hands looking depressed with a thought bubble coming out if his head saying “those were the droids we were looking for”. So many people today can find that funny and it really shows you how massively all encompassing and ubiquitous Star Wars is….’ 

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The exhibition, curated by Art Below, will raise funds to benefit two charities, Missing People and the Missing Tom Fund. The Missing Tom Fund was set up by Ben Moore to help raise money to find his brother Thomas Moore who disappeared in 2003 aged 31 years old. His friends and family have not heard from him since then. Now 12 years on, with the support of the Missing People Charity his family continue to search for Tom.  The Art Wars Rogue 1 exhibition takes place in the week of Tom Moore’s 43rd birthday.
Visitor Information:
Le Dame Gallery
Melia Hotel,
Regent’s Park 

Private View 8th December, 6-9pm
Opening times: Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December, 11am – 5pm

Proceeds from the Anish Kapoor work will be split between the two missing people charities, Missing People and to MTF. www.missingpeople.org.uk,  www.missingtom.com

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The inaugural Art Wars exhibition was held at the renowned Saatchi Gallery in London in October 2013. It included Stormtrooper artworks by internationally acclaimed artists including Damien Hirst, Jake and Dinos Chapman, D*Face, David Bailey, Alison Jackson, Antony Micallef, Mat Collishaw, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Joana Vasconcelos and Mr Brainwash. Since then Art Wars has featured at The Other Art Fair, The Moniker Art Fair, travelled to Sweden, Dubai, Las Vegas and the LA Art Show. www.artwars.net
Ben Moore, Founder of Art Below, has had over 8 years experience working with artists, museums, charities and arts organisations, initiating and managing partnerships to deliver new public arts projects. In 2006 he founded public arts organisation Art Below.  He has produced and curated public exhibitions in London, Tokyo, Berlin, and Los Angeles working with high profile international and British artists including Turner Prize Winners and Royal Academicians.  Recent Exhibitions curated by Moore include Art Wars at the Saatchi Gallery, Stations of the Cross 2014, ‘Art of Angel’ and ‘Thatcheristic’ 2013.  www.artbelow.org.uk/artists/benmoore

 

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