Smile Britannia Returns To Houses Of Parliament

Posted on December 9, 2014

Saturday December 13 sees Smile Britannia return to the Houses Of Parliament for a second time, raising much needed funds for worthwhile charities through an auction of unique art from some of the UK’s best contemporary urban artists. The collaboration, between London’s Westbank Gallery, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation and Temwa, has already helped thousands of people around the world through the money raised at the inaugural event, with pieces from Banksy, Nick Walker and Sheperd Fairey playing a part in raising over £80,000. This years collection is equally impressive, with leading artists Banksy,Nick Walker, Goldie, Inkie, Copyright and Turner Prize winner Richard Long all contributing.


As Smile Britannia gets set for its second Houses of Parliament takeover, it is thrilled to announce the launch of the very first limited edition Nick Walker figurine, ‘Vandal Vs Parliament’, which has never been released before as well as works from celebrated British land artist Richard Long CBE, the only artists to be nominated for the Turner Prize on four occasions and of course the inclusion of pieces from world famous street artists such as Banksy, Inkie and Goldie. The auction will be hosted by Babyhead front man Tom Mauger, with breaks being dropped by DJs every time a lot is sold. It promises to be another exciting gathering of urban artists with an innovative and edgy format that raises funds for some amazing causes.


The Last Night A DJ Saved My Life foundation continues to makes a difference raising funds through dance music, with 413 DJs performing ‘Sets For Peace’ in over 43 countries recently, as well as helping fund a clean drinking project in rural India, benefitting thousands of people. The London Westbank Gallery worked with social enterprise ‘Goldfinger Factory’ to empower disadvantaged communities in London through art, providing young people with new skills and an increased confidence. Temwa has trained over 1,400 Malawian farmers sustainable agricultural practices, allowing them to feed their families and to pass their training to future generations. The charity also supports groups of vulnerable HIV positive teenagers to access vital information on health, reproduction and nutrition. Jonny Lee, Founder of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation commented: “This event being able to take place at the Houses of Parliament helps us to raise money through art for the people who need it and shows us how much has changed, how the barriers have come down. We never thought dance music and graffiti art would be invited into the House of Commons and now here we are. Together we’re making a difference through art, to those who need it most.” Paul Saunders, Director of London Westbank Gallery said: “Art is an incredible way to break through to the youth of today – a lot of them are just trying to survive and don’t have time to think about art. People from different sides of the fence are coming together to change that.”


At the event, high profile guests from the art, fashion and music worlds will unite for a common cause, to make a difference to some of the poorest communities in the world. Artists will donate pieces that celebrate diversity and contrast, breaking down barriers and reaching out to the youth of today. Jo Hook, UK Director of Temwa commented: “It really is a remarkable event, holding a charity art auction with this high caliber of artists, inside the houses of parliament is an incredible thing. The atmosphere in 2013 was electric; we’re all looking forward to the 2014 event. Being to raise such a substantial amount of money for such worthy cause through such a unique event is a wonderful thing.” Tickets to the event cost £100 plus booking fee available to buy by emailing Please note, due to capacity tickets are strictly limited. Online, phone and reserve bidding will be available this year so if you’re not able to attend you can still win a piece of history! Join this momentous occasion and help make history.

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