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White Cube Collaborates with Valentino on Hope and Homes Charity Fundraiser


On the evening of Wednesday 11 October 2023, White Cube Founder and CEO Jay Jopling, his wife Hikari Yokoyama, and fashion house Maison Valentino brought together luminaries from the worlds of art, fashion and music during London’s Frieze Week to raise funds for international charity Hope and Homes for Children.

Across Europe, Asia and Africa, Hope and Homes for Children closes orphanages and reunites children with loving families. Their mission is to ensure every child has the chance to grow up in the love and safety of a family, and never the fear and abuse of an orphanage.

Julie Mehretu and Marina Rheingantz, artists with solo exhibitions currently on view at White Cube’s London galleries, generously donated 19 works on paper to the cause, in what has become an annual event coordinated by White Cube.

Taking place at Jay Jopling and Hikari Yokoyama’s private residence in central London, the event raised a grand total of USD 1,034,000 / GBP 840,000, to support the life-changing initiatives of Hope and Homes for Children. Donations placed on artworks, coming to a value of USD 517,000 / GBP 420,000, were match funded by an anonymous donor.

On the evening, the couple were joined by Pierpaolo Piccioli (Creative Director, Maison Valentino) and VIP guests including Naomi Ackie (Actress), Maria Balshaw (Director, Tate Galleries), Naomi Campbell (Model), Tracey Emin (Artist), Giancarlo Giammetti (Businessman), Ellie Goulding (Musician), Antony Gormley (Artist), Mona Hatoum (Artist), Angelica Jopling (Founder, Incubator), Bettina Korek (CEO, Serpentine Galleries), Sook-Kyung Lee (Director, Whitworth Gallery), Jacob Lusk (Musician), Christian Marclay (Artist), Julie Mehretu (Artist), Ben Okri (Writer), Jean Pigozzi (Collector), Natasha Poonawalla (Philanthropist, Businesswoman), Florence Pugh (Actress), Marina Rheingantz (Artist), Jerry Stafford (Creative Director and Stylist) and Harry Styles (Musician).

Surrounded by artworks by Jean Michel Basquiat, Sara Flores, Theaster Gates, Anselm Kiefer, Isamu Noguchi, Danh Vo and Andy Warhol, and flower arrangements crafted by regenerative floristry Naum Flower, part of Hikari Yokoyama’s specialist interiors and experience design agency Naum House, attendees gathered around a grand piano and were treated to a captivating live performance by Jacob Lusk, lead singer of Gabriels, who was dressed in a look from Valentino’s Black Tie Collection.

26 - 31 March 2024 | Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China

9 - 14 March 2024 | MECC, Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands

29 February - 3 March 2024 | Booth E2

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