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UCL alumni contribute to fundraising auction

26 January 2007

A host of famous UCL alumni have contributed to a fundraising art project in aid of the UCL Institute of Child Health's associated hospital, Great Ormond Street.


On 31 January 2007, around 130 paintings will be going under the hammer at The Hospital Gallery, with the aim of raising £300,000.

The Alive + Well Dog Project centres round 'Boil the dog', originally a doodle by six-year-old Jenson Parsons, stepson of project organiser Mr Simon Freedman.

A number of high-profile figures, including Sir Paul McCartney, Damien Hirst, Sir Richard Rogers and Alan Bennett have created their own versions of Boil the dog for the project.

UCL alumni who are involved include comedian Ricky Gervais (UCL Philosophy 1983), Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1987) and sculptor Antony Gormley (UCL Slade School of Fine Art 1979).

An exhibition of all the dogs is on show at The Hospital Gallery, Covent Garden, from 26 January - 7 February 2007, and a limited edition book featuring colour reproductions of all the canine creatures can be ordered on the project's website.

Image: Antony Gormley's contribution