Just when you thought collage – and ping pong – couldn’t get any more joyful, the two combine in a beautiful cut and paste, swift of hand marriage.
London-based organisation Collage Club has partnered with the annual Art of Ping Pong auction this year, which for the uninitiated see a number of fab artist, designers and illustrators turn their hands to creating artwork for bespoke ping pong bats, which are then auctioned for charity.
For the Collage Club collab (try saying that after a few pints); this year’s auction will be held alongside a series of collage workshops "with a ping pong twist," according to organisers, as well as ping pong tournaments and DJs at the event venue The Hoxton in Southwark, London.
The exhibition runs from 13 September until 13 October, with the online auction closing at midnight on 13 October. All money raised from the auction sales will be donated to local charities in Southwark as part of The Hoxton’s charity initiative, Good Neighbours, which raises money for causes local to its site in London.
Its first project will be working with Urban Growth’s community gardens across South London and partnering with Better Bankside to connect with local elderly residents.
Art of Ping Pong has been running since 2013, and aims to celebrate "the popularity and subculture of ping pong by colliding it with all the colour and fun of art." Since its inception, the organisation has worked with brands and spaces including Nike, Ted Baker, The London Illustration Fair, Shoreditch House and Estrella Damm and has raised more than £20,000 for charity.
The 10 artists putting their practices to paddles this year are Peter Quinnell, Ben Branagan, Ed Cheverton, Esther Cox, DR.ME, James Dawe, Jo Hummel, Anna Bu Kliewer, Jimmy Turrell and Joe Cruz; and while it might be nice to see a little more of a diverse lineup; it’s certainly still a stellar one.
Previous artists who’ve contributed have included Camille Walala, Anthony Burrill, Noma Bar, Supermundane, Hattie Stewart, Jean Jullien, Thierry Noir, Mr Doodle, David Shillinglaw, Morag Myerscough, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Alan Kitching, Ryan Gander, Mr Bingo, Kelly Anna and many more.
You can register for the free opening party on 13 September here.