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Celebrate Culture, Compassion and Community

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Celebrate Culture, Compassion and Community

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Celebrate Culture, Compassion and Community


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Van Simpson - Scotia Wealth Management


Presented by

Van Simpson - Scotia Wealth Management

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April 25, 2024 7:00 PM EDT - May 4, 2024 9:00 PM EDT
Museum London
421 Ridout Street North, London, ON  N6A 5H4

14th Annual UPwithART

London's best arty-party silent art auction fundraiser celebrates culture, compassion and community in support of Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London!

Dates & Times

Online bidding begins Thursday, April 25 at 7pm EST

View the exhibit at Museum London Friday, April 26 - Friday, May 3

Get your tickets to join the live arty-party event Saturday, May 4, 6:30 - 11pm

Get Your Tickets!

Two ticket types: Supporter Ticket $60 | Premium Ticket $160

Includes general admission to the arty-party, with light fare hors d'oeuvres by North Moore Catering, entertainments and one entry to the Door Prize draw.

Premium Ticket is your extra special opportunity to support our cause, and also includes:

* 2 drink tickets

* $80 charitable tax receipt

**For a streamlined experience, be sure to save your credit card when purchasing your event tickets**

Get Ready

Explore! Heart your favorites! View the ART

Don’t miss out! Set up your Account! Whether you are attending the event or plan to participate online only, you need to be ready when the Bidding Opens on April 25 at 7 pm. Returning Users simply login to review your information and update as necessary. New Users, Signup or Login and follow the prompts to create your account. Add your credit card now so you can bid when the auction begins.

Assign tickets to your guests! Thank you for purchasing tickets on behalf of your guests. If you haven't already, please assign your guest tickets so they can create their own giving account and enjoy a winning and streamlined experience from auction open April 25, to check-in and check-out on May 4. Select My Tickets and follow prompts to edit (pencil icon) and assign tickets.

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Make an art of doing your part... and get your tickets today!

Together, arts and social justice make London a vibrant and healthy city.

Familiar Favourites



Original works across a spectrum of medium and practice contributed by a stellar list of local, established, emerging, and Unity Project participant artists.


12 artist works paired with mystery bottles of quality wine, including one very special bottle valued at $200. Bid on the art you love and all is revealed at auction’s close!

Collectors Collection

Contemporary and historical works donated off the walls of notable London and area collectors.

Objects and Intrigues

Intriguing objects and experiences up for silent auction bid – a quilt, art appraisal services, a cocktail reception, and even a bicycle!

Money Now

Fripp Auctions will take us on a philanthropic frenzy of donations to make a stay at Unity Project’s emergency shelter as comfortable, productive and as short as possible. Let’s raise $50,000 in five minutes and help end the experience of homelessness for those in Unity Project’s care!

Exciting New Features

Door Prize

Event tickets purchased by Friday May 3 at 3 pm will be entered in draw to win a colourful quilt collaboratively made by members of the London Modern Quilt Guild. This gorgeous quilt inspired by the guild’s emblem, uses improv piecing with small components carefully stitched together to create a dynamic whole featuring organic wave patterns and a sense of movement. 

Original Performance

As the auction winds down, singer, songwriter and poet, Jenny Berkel, winds us up with a multi-sensory celebration of connectedness and care.


Stitch hope and warmth into our community through the Unity Quilt. The London Modern Quilt Guild will be on site with sewing machines and ironing boards, inviting attendees to create fabric squares, each simply illustrating your response to prompts which engage us in considering homelessness and home. These drawn squares will be sewn into a meaningful quilt symbolizing respect, compassion, cooperation, and interdependence to adorn and warm communal space at Unity Project’s emergency shelter. Share your contribution, and let's collectively create a positive impact.

Limited Edition Multiple

Purchase your souvenir of this memorable night: a limited-edition cotton tote bag printed with a design by artist Rain Fenek Bloodworth called “Out of luck, full of hope.” Available to event attendees only.


The Year of the Quilt - Door Prize!

UPwithART embraces the theme of the quilt this year, inviting attendees to contribute to the Unity Quilt, explore historical quilts from Museum London's collection, and bid on a quilt made by Unity Project’s own Chuck Lazenby in the silent auction. Additionally, every event attendee who purchased their ticket prior to by Friday May 3 at 3 pm will be entered to win this beautiful abstract quilt made by the London Modern Quilt Guild.

This year's performer, Jenny Berkel

Singer-songwriter and poet Jenny Berkel draws layers of far-reaching concern into particular moments, like concentric waves rippling inward toward a lone cast stone. A songwriter immersed in poetry, a poet immersed in music—her work in all its forms is an invitation into a world of relatable introspection, in which even absences can be sculpted into vividly memorable verse.

Get ready for Jenny's multi-sensory performance at 9:30 pm


Limited Edition Tote-Bag - $40

Purchase your souvenir of this memorable night: a limited-edition cotton tote bag printed with a design by artist Rain Fenek Bloodworth called “Out of luck, full of hope.”

"I became homeless when I was sixteen-years-old as a consequence of generational trauma, addiction, and other forces beyond my control. Yet, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have been surrounded by friends and neighbours that didn’t let me fall through the cracks. Luck is not a resource we should be counting on to help the disenfranchised. Our time is better spent creating sustainable community support, breaking down barriers cross-culturally, and building trust by understanding the needs of the most vulnerable. I believe that holding hope for a better future drives people to make a better world, and luck has no place in a compassionate, collaborative community that can give everybody a place to call home."

**This little gem available to arty-party attendees only.

Auction Contributors


Mothanna Alzobi, Michael Barber, Ross Bell, Greg Benz, Marla Botterill, Heather E. Carey, Edgar Castro, Jack Cocker, Sean Couchie, Michael Cywink, Meghan Dauphinee, Soheila Esfahani, Liza Eurich, Joscelyn Gardner, Zara Gardner, Andrés Garzon Espitia, Phillip Gurrey, Robin Henry, Ryan Irwin, Jesse Jacobs, Reilly Knowles, Vance Lemon, Oswaldo de León Kantule, Derek Liddington, Greg Ludlow, Leith Mahkewa, Tafadzwa Maposa, Julian Miholics, Sheri Osden Nault, Shelley Niro, Sasha Opeiko, Sammy Orlowski, Garry-Lewis James Osterberg (with Shari Hatt), Gerald Pedros, Jo Percival, David Poolman, Mike Pszczonak, Thelma Rosner, Harley Salamanca, Rima Sater, Rosemary Sloot, Mark Stebbins, Daumante Stirbyte, Richard Sturgeon, Diana Tamblyn, Shannon Taylor-Jones, Pamela Verdon

Collectors Collection

Eric Atkinson (1928-2022) - Gift of Muriel Atkinson - Courtesy of Westland Gallery and In Memory of Eric (Ricky) Atkinson

William Henry Bartlett (1809 - 1854) - Gift of Diana Coates

Rudolf Bikkers (1943 - 2023) - Gift of Megan Walker and Kristyan Robinson

Susan Day - Gift of David Merritt and Dawn Easton-Merritt

Jamelie Hassan - Gift of Sarah and John White - Courtesy of the Framing and Art Centre (on Horton)

Victoria Mamnguqsualuk (1930 - 2016) - Gift of Patrick & Barbara Mahon

Gilbert Moll (1948 - 2003) - From the collection of Flora and Ian Tripp

Napachie Pootoogook (1938 – 2002) - Gift of Anonymous

Lucy Qinnuayuak (1915 - 1982) - Gift of Anonymous

John Rombough - Gift of the former Inuit Gallery 

Joe Rosenblatt (1933 - 2019) - Gift of Lucretia and Wyn Geleynse

Matthew Trueman - Gift of Ron Benner and Jamelie Hassan

Tony Urquhart (1934 - 2022) - Gift of Barb and Jens Thielsen  

Objects & Intrigues

Chuck Lazenby - Handmade Quilt

Framing & Art Centre - Frame Your Cozy Home

Gremlins Bicycle Emporium - Linus Dutchi 3i Bicycle

Ivey Academy at the Ivey School of Business

Michael Gibson Gallery - In-Home Art Appraisal Service

North Moore Catering - Cocktail Reception for 24

Making the Scene


Jenny Berkel


Deem J


Fripp Auctions

Special Thanks

Chris Bowden

Asha Hodura

Patrick Mahon

Event Services

Art East Custom Framing

InFocus London Photography

North Moore Catering

Platinum Printing

Behind the Scenes

Advisory Committee

Julie Bevan, Silvia Langer, Alexia Hlynialuk, Ron Holliday, Paula Lombardi, Debra Majer, Brian Meehan, David Merritt, Liisa Sheldrick, Diana Tamblyn, Amsa Yaro

Museum London Board

Laura Annable, Trevor Hunter, Tina Kalopisis, Shelley Kopp, Tracy Langelaan, Jon Lavkulich, Sarah Padfield, Michelle Quintyn, Florentine Strzelczyk, Diana Tamblyn, Sam Trosow, Michael Wojtak, Victoria Yang

Unity Project Board

Paula Lombardi, Bill Madder, Patrick Mahon, Mike McGregor, Selvin Mejia, Bronagh Morgan, Dirka Prout, Joanna Redden

Special mention for the many Unity Project and Museum London staff and volunteers who bring UPwithART to life!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Our sponsors make this all possible. They give from the heart of their business, please give them yours!

Join us at London's best arty-party!

Unity Project

Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London provides housing-outcome focused emergency shelter, supportive housing and in-home housing stability supports for adults and youth of all genders, with a focus on those with medical conditions, including couples and people with pets. A Housing First approach is embedded throughout Unity Project services as providing housing with supports is proven to rapidly end homelessness, reduce use of public and emergency services, and improve individual quality of life and community integration. Values of respect, cooperation, interdependence and compassion inform our character. Housing outcomes drive our services. We aim to make a stay in our shelter as comfortable, productive and as short as possible — helping all those in our care to end their experience of homelessness, and find stability and belonging in community.

Museum London

In the heart of Southwestern Ontario, at the forks of the Deshkan Ziibi / Thames River, Museum London sits in a place that has always been a site of convergence, exchange, and interconnection. By activating art and history, Museum London creates deeper understandings of our past, our communities, our place in the world, and the breadth of possibilities that our future holds. Taking our region and its rich cultural, artistic, and historic legacies as a jumping off point, we co-create, reflect, and interpret ideas and stories rooted here, share them widely, and inspire local audiences by bringing relevant artistic ideas from other places home to London. Through exhibitions, our vast collections of art and artifacts, public and educational programs for learners of all ages, and memorable special events, we are building community and nurturing curiosity, creativity, and empathy. Admission to the Museum is free and everyone is welcome! 

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Since 2019, Unity Project and Museum London have joined forces to conduct UPwithART in a collaborative partnership. Together, we interweave arts, culture and social justice into the fabric of a healthy, vibrant community. UPwithART was mounted by Unity Project in 2005 and again in 2007 as a grassroots gala to celebrate and showcase the many artists among Unity Project residents, staff, volunteers and founding members. It came of age in 2011 as an annual event and earned its reputation as London's best arty-party silent art auction fundraiser with a diverse roster of emerging, established and senior artists joining in support.
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