Festival Launches Exclusive Art Auction to Support Next Generation Talent

Henley Festival is delighted to announce the launch of the Audi X RISE Silent Auction, in support of the Festival’s charitable programme nurturing the next generation of talent: RISE.

The RISE visual artists exhibiting their work in the Audi High RISE Gallery at this year’s Henley Festival – Keren Golea, Sara Hoque and Sam Smyth – have each created beautiful, exclusive artworks for the Audi X RISE Silent Auction, with the proceeds of the Auction given to these artists.

The Audi X RISE Silent Auction will run from Friday 30 June (1000hrs BST) until Monday 10 July (1700hrs BST). Bids can be submitted by email (including full name, mobile number, the bid amount and applicable lot number to office@AudiUKVIP.co.uk with “Audi X RISE Artists Auction Bid” in the subject) or at Henley Festival 2023.  Audi is the Festival’s official car partner, and a key supporter of the RISE initiative, which nurtures the next generation of talent by giving a platform to young musicians, comedians and visual artists taking their first steps on stage, as well as offering opportunities for young people aspiring to work behind the scenes.

Lot 1 | ‘Dare’ by Keren Golea (Oil on canvas, 1.27 x1.55 metres)

A captivating piece from the Beauty In Perspective series. An allegorical representation of beauty, resilience, boldness, and influence. An invitation to embrace one’s true self.

Keren Golea is a UK-based Filipino artist specialising in realistic portrait paintings created with charcoal, pastels, watercolours, and oils. Keren said: “Initiatives like RISE provide vital support, recognition and opportunities for artists and ensure the continued growth and diversity of the arts. RISE encourages artists to think outside the box but most importantly, it provides opportunities for artists to showcase their work, gain exposure, and increase their visibility within the community.”



Lot 2 | ‘Place in Time’ by Sara Hoque (Mixed media on Canvas, 1.9 x 1.4 metres)

Experiences in nature which present themselves in hues and motifs to mimic transcendental moments.

Sara Hoque is a North Yorkshire born, London based artist whose multi-cultural upbringing inspires her acrylic and collaged images that capture the spirit of nature through ephemeral landscapes. Sara said: “It’s a really great opportunity for me as an emerging artist trying to find my way in the art world. It’s really difficult to put yourself out there and find spaces to exhibit your art, especially if you don’t have a lot of money, so initiatives like RISE are really good for artists such as myself.”


Lot 3 | ‘Boketto’ by Sam Smyth (Acrylic on canvas, 2 x 1.45 metres)

When viewed from a distance, the vertical lines of this painting blend with adjacent colours in a process known as optical colour mixing, an illusion made famous by the French post-impressionists.

Sam Smyth is a South West based British abstract painter working in the traditions of geometric abstraction and hard-edge painting to create murals, light installations and kinetic sculptures. Smyth has also designed a bespoke wrap for the all-electric Audi Q8 e-tron, which will be on display at Henley Festival. Sam said: “RISE has given me an opportunity to show work to a new audience, which is always a good thing, and I’ve come out of it with some new work.”



For further information on the Audi X RISE Silent Auction, please visit: www. henley-festival.co.uk/artist/audi-x-rise-silent-auction/.


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