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Mr Reza Beyad, Chair of the Harrodian Schools' Parent Association (HSPA) and Dr Parmley organise Art Competition at Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair.

More than a year ago, we visited the Kids Company building on Blackfriars Road and were overwhelmed and moved by their Shoebox Living Exhibition which saw young people from the charity create a bedroom from their home inside a shoebox. The artwork was in its simplest form, but the message was strong and shocking - it left us speechless at the brutal honesty of these children and the harsh realities they have to endure. Their pain and suffering was clearly reflected in their art for all to see and act on. 

In response, we devised a way to engage the Harrodian children and at the same time help and support the children of the Kids Company by designing an Art Competition around the theme of beds. Children of all ages, as well as teachers and parents, were invited to submit a piece of art, with each entrant paying an admission fee. The money raised from the competition entries will help furnish these children’s bedrooms with beds, sheets and other essentials and will continue to provide them with the much needed support of the Kids Company. This competition artwork was then exhibited at the famous Halcyon Gallery in Mayfair on 24 May 2012.

The evening was well attended. All the guests, including the younger ones, came smartly dressed for the occasion. It was particularly encouraging to see so many children on the evening showing their support for the Kids Company via their artwork. The displays, curated by Old Harrodian and Art Historian Sahar Beyad, successfully showcased the breadth of talent and diversity of artwork across the age range. Parents and children were most appreciative of the Art Department’s hard work in organising the exhibition and were clearly proud that their artwork was being displayed at such a prestigious Mayfair Gallery.This was further enhanced by the presence of judges who were prominent Art specialists from two of the most famous auction houses in London:

Mr Paul Green, Founder and President of the Halcyon Gallery, which was founded in 1982. Throughout its 30 years of activity with the visual arts, the Halcyon Gallery has passionately followed its belief that Art should not only be inherently beautiful, but also that it should carry meaning that encourages greater public awareness of educational and environmental issues.

Our second judge for the evening was Rozane Zand, Director of Middle Eastern Art at Sotheby’s. She is a long-time and passionate supporter of the Kids Company. She began her career in Museum and Arts administration in 1978, and has worked with some of the world’s largest private art collectors. She held several honorary posts with museums and universities and joined her current job in 2006. She has been recognised by the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for her services to Middle East Arts and Culture.

The judges viewed all the competition entries with great consideration and by the end of the evening they had finally agreed a shortlist. The winners in each category, as well as the overall winner, was announced on the 13th September at a Celebrity Gala Dinner at Mansion House.

We felt humbled and honoured to stand by the side of Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of the Kids Company, to welcome all our guests. She is an inspiration to us all and we are looking forward to focussing our combined energy into a meaningful partnership for these childrenWe gathered at the Halcyon to show our solidarity with some of the most underprivileged and marginalised children that live amongst us in our home city.

Here are some images of the event that took place at the Halcyon Gallery:

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