The Art Room and Columbia Threadneedle Foundation Partnership with Work It! At Selfridges: Re-Work It: Chairs for The Art Room; Pop-up Art Room and a Window

The Art Room, in partnership with the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, is joining forces with Selfridges’ Work It, a campaign launching on 30 April 2015 designed to highlight how the way we work is changing and how craftsmanship embraces new technologies. Three exciting in-store projects for The Art Room will profile and celebrate the work of this leading charity. For six weeks, The Art Room will have a major presence in Selfridges: an installation of chairs transformed by artists, designers and architects, suspended in the main Atrium space; a pop-up Art Room in the Ultralounge space; and a window on Duke Street co-curated by Art Room students and directly inspired by their own work. The project will raise funds for the work of The Art Room and is supported by long-term partner, the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation.

The Art Room thanks all the artists who have contributed to Re-Work It

Emma Alcock · Jasmine Alexander · Bill Amberg · Assa Ashuach · Liz Bailey · Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby · Barnaby Barford · Emmie Van Biervliet · David Blandy · Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec · Francesca Bristol · Spectator Camp · Sarah Campbell · Daniel Chadwick · David Chipperfield · Sebastian Conran · Sophie Conran · Fiona Curran · Hugo Dalton · Cara Delevingne in collaboration with Storm Athill · Bouke de Vries · Tom Dixon · Miranda Donovan · Henry Estorffe · Stuart Ferris · Stuart Finlator - Race Furniture ·Foxall · Nancy Fouts · Cosmo Fry · Anya Gallaccio · Jasmine Guinness · Lulu Guinness · Zebedee Helm · Hamish & Lyons · Nicky Haslam · Stephane Hof · Charles Holland · Patrick Hughes · Kassandra Isaacson · Jenny Jones · Patrick Kinmonth · Tomas Klassnik · Danny Lane · Liane Lang · Langlands & Bell · Hervé Léger · Chris Levine · Lulu Lytle for Soane Britain · Dan Macmillan · Penelope Madden · Makerversity · Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi · James Moores · John Morgan · Annie Morris · Susan Moxley · Charlotte Olympia · Korky Paul · Angela Palmer · William Peers · Jake Phipps · Martha Read · Ian Ritchie Architects · Ab Rogers · Royal Drawing School · The Rug Company · Rose Russell · Rolf Sachs · Francesca Shakespeare · Jess Shaw · Yinka Shonibare MBE · Jason Shulman · Jane Simpson · Pippa Small · Paul Smith · Jenny Van Sommers · Matt Stanwix · Seth Stein · Alice Temperley · Rose Uniacke · Hannah Weiland of Shrimps · Richard Wentworth · Douglas White · Marcia Williams · Lucy Wood · Lisa Wright

Re-Work It: Chairs for The Art Room

The chairs will be cascading through the Selfridges’ Atrium in an installation entitled Re-work It produced and curated by Fair & Co. The installation, consisting of different transformations of the Ernest Race BA2 chair will expand in size as more and more of the chairs are added to it over the duration of the project. From 22 May they will be auctioned in aid of The Art Room through online auctioneers Paddle8, culminating in a live auction event at Selfridges on 9 June 2015.

Pop-Up Art Room in Selfridges

Ultralounge (Ultra Hub) Lower Ground Floor, Selfridges
From 30 April 2015 an Art Room studio will be set up in the Ultralounge space on the store’s lower ground floor. There will be sofas where pupils can relax and talk, tables where art projects are created and a communal area for sharing food. For the duration of the project, the Art Room studio will host sessions with groups of children from local schools and other institutions, partner organisations and businesses interested in team building, as well as groups of members of the public booking through Selfridges. In a programme of workshops they will work with our trained practitioners to transform everyday items such as chairs, lampshades, trays, aprons and clocks, as an introduction to the sense of empowerment found through transforming ordinary objects into something individual and creative which is experienced by all students of The Art Room.

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Duke Street Window Inspired by Children of The Art Room

To celebrate the Selfridges' spring campaign children of The Art Room at Northolt High School will be working with Selfridges' creative team to inspire a window, translating the students' idea of ‘what is the World’s greatest job?’ into a unique window display.

The Art Room uses art as therapy to unlock the inherent potential of society’s most vulnerable children. Aged from 5-16, they are referred to one of our Art Rooms because the challenges they face make it difficult for them to engage with learning and the school environment, and can mean they are often at risk of exclusion. In The Art Room they work with specially trained practitioners to develop their self-confidence, personal and social skills.


Fair & Co is an arts consultancy founded by Flora Fairbairn and Julia Fairrie in 2014. Operating as a network of creative specialists; architects, artists and designer-makers, Fair & Co source and commission unique and visionary talents for a diverse range of clients.

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is the main partner for the atrium installation Re-Work It!
Columbia Threadneedle Foundation aims to grow Columbia Threadneedle Investments commitment to investing in the community, building partnerships that create positive social impact across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on using education, art and sport to engender lasting social change.

Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector. Described by the Wall Street Journal as 'A virtual auction house with a permanent philanthropic bent' their global presence will provide unprecedented exposure for The Art Room's Chairs for The Art Room.

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