Auction to celebrate the Nowruz (6.3.2014)

Caspian Arts Foundation is delighted to announce its partnership with the Nowruz Commission’s 2nd Annual Gala event and the Nowruz Commission UK Ambassador, Lady Homayoun Renwick, to be held at the Insitute of Directors, Pall Mall, on Thursday 6 March, 2014.

The auction will include donations from six of the region’s acclaimed artists: Soheila Sokhanvari, Shahriar Mazandi, Walid Siti, Almagul Menlibayeva, Aida Mahmudova, Shenda Amery, Annya Sand, to represent their countries and to support the charitable aspect of the evening.

The Nowruz Commission was formed in Washington in 2008 and brings an astounding 15 countries together, represented by their Ambassadors to celebrate the traditional Nowruz or “New Day” – the arrival of Spring, which for this organisation represents a day for all of humanity. Participating countries in the UK includes Afghanistan, Tajikstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Tatarstan, Georgia, Turkey, Kurdistan, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan. Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine, their Embassies and Excellencies in the UK and the Nowruz Commission Chairman Mr. Nasser Kazeminy.

Lady Renwick stated:

” Nowruz is a celebration of Nature, the moment when the soul of the Universe begins to bloom after the harshness of winter. Spring is Nature in perfect poetry. At the time of the equinox, when day and night are in balance, there is an opportunity for equilibrium among humans. The annual Nowruz Celebration Dinner is a chance for us to cast aside our differences and connect with one another, sharing in the power of Nowruz.

The Nowruz Commission is an international charity and partners with entities such as Gift of Life International to help cause a positive and measurable change in the lives of people of Nowruz countries, their health, their education, their environment and their degree of care about people all over the world.”

Nina Mahdavi, the founder of Caspian Arts Foundation added that she was delighted to take part in an important initiative, “…a single day that is acknowledged and celebrated by 16  countries around the world.” She also added that it was a great opportunity to bring some of the Central Asian’s great contemporary artists and introduce them to an audience that might never have been familiarised with previously.

The auction will be conducted by Adrian Biddell, Sotheby’s Head of 19th Century Paintings Department, and is expected to fetch £15,000 which will go towards the Nowruz Commission charities and Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship & Educational programmes throughout 2014 & 2015. A further six paintings have been donated by the Aitmatov Academy which will be on display on the evening and will make part of the silent auction.

The auction catalogue is available online for viewing.