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Celebrate Culture, Compassion and Community

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Celebrate Culture, Compassion and Community


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April 27, 2023 7:00 PM EDT - May 6, 2023 9:00 PM EDT
Museum London
421 Ridout Street North, London, ON  N6A 5H4

13th Annual UPwithART

London's best arty-party silent art auction fundraiser is back as a hybrid event celebrating culture, compassion and community in support of Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London!

Online bidding begins Thursday, April 27 at 7pm EST

View the exhibit at Museum London Friday, April 28 - Friday, May 5

Get your tickets to join the live arty-party event on Saturday, May 6, 2023, 6-11pm

Two ticket types available: Supporter Ticket $50 | Premium Ticket $150

Both Tickets include light fare hors d'oeuvres and one entry to the Door Prize draw.

Premium Ticket ALSO includes:

- Drink Ticket

- Exquisite Corpse digital print | $25 Art East Custom Framing Gift Certificate

- Dinner and a Show Draw | One entry to win $100 Gift Certificate to Garlic's of London plus 2 tickets to the Grand Theatre’s 2023 High School Project's Phantom of the Opera

Make an art of doing your part and get your tickets NOW, click here!

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

Questions? Read our FAQ.

Familiar Favourites


Original works donated by a stellar list of local, renowned, emerging, and Unity Project participant artists.


12 mystery artist works conceal mystery bottles of vintage wine, including one very special bottle. Bid on the art you love and all is revealed at auction’s close!

Collectors Collection

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

To view the art, click here!

Money Now Donations

A philanthropic frenzy supporting Unity Project! Help outfit our transformed facility and give our housing-outcome focused emergency shelter a fresh start to aid 40 participants including those with medical conditions, couples and people with pets. Help make their stay as comfortable, productive and short as possible. Donate MONEY NOW to help end the experience of homelessness, click here!

Exciting Features

Exquisite Corpse

The surrealists delighted in courting the unexpected, and the collaborative drawing game they called “Exquisite Corpse” was one of their favourite sports. This year, 12 prominent artists from our community carry the torch into our event by completing four unique exquisite corpse artworks which will be up for bid, while event attendees will have the opportunity to create their own strange and lively metamorphoses.

T-shirt For Sale

'Seeing Double' a T-shirt by Jason McLean. Limited edition, printed to order by Rezonance Printing. To purchase yours, click here!


Your chance to win Tom Benner maquette 'Dolphins', value $6,500. Draw Date: May 6/23 8:05 PM EDT

Buy your tickets now, click here!

Licence #RAF1302549 | Rules of Play

Door Prize

All event ticket holders will be entered to win a 5 course tasting dinner for 8 courtesy of North Moore Catering Co. Valued at $2,000.

Raffle Rules of Play
Participants must be 18 years of age or older and located in Ontario at the time of purchase. ConnexOntario problem gambling service phone line: 1-866-531-2600. Keep the ticket until a winner is confirmed. The winner must have their ticket to claim the prize. Additional rules may apply. Be sure to check each draw's rules before purchasing tickets.

Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London

Licence #RAF1302549

128 / 485 Tickets sold

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T-shirt For Sale

Jason McLean - Seeing Double

A limited edition, printed to order, t-shirt by Jason McLean. 'Seeing Double' is about the growing issue of displacement, and feeling as though every time one steps outside they're watching the homeless population multiply. 

To purchase yours, click here!


Door Prize

All event ticket holders will be entered to win:

Dinner for Eight

courtesy of North Moore Catering Co.

Enjoy a fabulous Five Course Tasting Dinner for 8 friends in your home, office or in The Rhino Lounge's private room. Value: $2,000


Raffle Prize

Tom Benner (Canadian, 1950-2022). Dolphins. 1991. Cold-rolled metal. 30.5 x 86 x 37 cm. Value: $6,500.

Raffle tickets available April 27- May 6, click here!

Licence #RAF1302549

485 Tickets for sale

Draw Date: May 6, 2023 at 8:05 PM EDT

Rules of Play



Ron Benner, David Bobier, Rain Fenek Bloodworth, Derek Boswell, Heather E. Carey, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Sean Couchie, Susan Day, Mary Donlan, Gathie Falk, Hannan Fayad, Andrés Garzon Espitia, Wyn Geleynse, Anahí González, Kelly Greene, Helen Gregory, Jamelie Hassan, Bryan Jesney, Lu Jimenez, Monica Joy, Reilly Knowles, Peter Lebel, Johnnene Maddison, Patrick Mahon, Luanne Martineau, Jason McLean, MEDIAH, David Merritt, Julian Miholics, Kim Moodie, Catherine Morrisey, Olivia Mossuto, Eric Mummery, Sarah Munro, Marilyn Mylrea, Sheri Osden Nault, Christine Negus, Kim Neudorf, Michael Pszczonak, Leslie Putnam, Angie Quick, Thelma Rosner, Jane Roy, Harley Salamanca, Niloufar Salimi, Rima Sater, Gary Spearin, Dauma Stirbyte, Diana Tamblyn, Michael Thompson, Pamela Verdon, Katie Wilhelm, Kim Wilkie, Anna Wilson, Amsa Yaro, Billy Bert Young

From the Collection of...

Muriel Atkinson, In Memory of Ricky - Eric Atkinson (1928-2022)

Flora and Ian Tripp - Tom Benner (1950-2022)

Trojan Technologies - Tom Benner (1950-2022)

Barb and Jens Thielsen - Francis Caprani

Bob and Shelly Siskind - Ghitta Caisermann-Roth (1923–2005)

Gerald Pedros - Duncan de Kergommeaux

The Estate of Stewart Malcolm - Jen Hamilton

Leslie Coates and Bradley Skinner - Al Magrath

Paul van der Werf and Nadia Joseph - Toni Onley (1928–2004)

The former Innuit Gallery - John Rombough

Gift of Museum London - Ed Pien

Making The Scene

Our Hosts

Jennifer Slay

Graham Henderson

Event Services

Art East Custom Framing

InFocus London Photography

Platinum Printing

North Moore Catering

Disc Jockeys


Harina of Oa(sis)

Special Thanks

Carolyn Bell Farrell

Patrick Mahon

David Pasquino

Steering Committee

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

Museum London Board

Heather Carey, Trevor Hunter, Tina Kalopisis, Shelley Kopp, Tracy Langelaan, Jon R. Lavkulich, Deborah Lucas, Jennifer Martino, Sarah Padfield, Diana Tamblyn, Robert van der Westen, Michael Wojtak, Victoria Yang

Unity Project Board

Deanna Befus, Amanda Grzyb, Csaba Hegedus, Paula Lombardi, Mike McGregor, Selvin Mejia, Bronagh Morgan, Rick Odegaard, Dirka Prout

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


Jennifer Slay is a multi-award winning speaker, educator and entrepreneur. She is a graduate of Western, King’s and McMaster Universities. Jennifer has spent two decades speaking, coaching and counseling to support people in achieving the best version of themselves. Most recently she was asked to be the host of a community Television Show called “what’s Up London” after co-producing an award-winning show called “Melanated View”. In December 2022, Jennifer became the Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization at King’s University College.


Graham Henderson is the CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce.

"Hope is a solemn duty which we owe alike to ourselves and the world." -- Percy Bysshe Shelley 

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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