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11 May 2009

Bricks and Mortals

ADP, a leading nationwide architectural practice, today announces that a silent auction, held across two exhibitions for the student photography competition, Bricks and Mortals, has helped to raise money for Article 25 - the built environment’s charity for disaster, relief and development. 

Selected entries were displayed at two exhibitions held at the CUBE in Manchester and at the RIBA in London.  Visitors to both events had the chance to bid on their favourite photograph through a sealed auction. All proceeds, totalling more than two thousand pounds, will now go directly to Article 25. 

The judges, who included architectural photographer, Peter Cook, were looking for photographs that best captures the subtle interaction between people and the built environment.

The winning photograph, ‘Figure’, was taken by Simon Johnson, who comments: “The competition was a huge confidence boost, and an amazing opportunity to have my work exhibited. It also gave me the chance to create something very original and exciting.”

A highly commended photograph, ‘Cuban Life’ by Joanna Simpson, received the highest bid in the auction. She comments: “I was delighted to learn that my photograph has not only helped to raise money for Article 25, but also received the highest bid in the auction. I hope the winner is pleased!”

Money raised by Joanna’s photo and all of the other student images, will go towards Article 25 projects around the world. Current projects include developing a new sustainable prototype rural school in eastern Sierra Leone, in partnership with Save the Children; a crèche for street children in Maputo, Mozambique; and a football ground for the communities and children around the town of Lalibela in Ethiopia.

Victoria Harris, CEO of Article 25, commented: “We were delighted to receive this very generous donation. We also look forward to putting the proceeds from the charity auction to good use for projects such as our school scheme in Sierra Leone. 
We do not take it at all for granted, especially in the current economic climate, that ADP have been such generous patrons. Our sincere thanks go to everyone at ADP for their fundraising efforts, and all the generous winning bidders!”

Roger FitzGerald, Partner at ADP and one of the judges of the competition commented: “We plan to run a similar event next year, and raise much more money for charity. The theme of Bricks and Mortals not only inspired the students to produce excellent images, but also relates perfectly to the work of Article 25.”


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