Under the hammer: NABS Canvases display the best in creative thinking

By The Drum Team | Editorial




October 10, 2011 | 3 min read

BJL played host to the NABS art auction at Sam's Chop House in Manchester in September, where the results of 50 blank canvases issued to figureheads in the creative industry were on display and up for grabs. Here we display a few of what we think are best results from the industry dons' creative headbashing.

The NABS art auction saw advertising legend Sir John Hegarty get his paints out, as did a whole host of other creatives such as BMB co-founder Bill Bungay, Ogilvy Group UK vice-chairman Rory Sutherland and JWT's Russell Ramsey. Big names in the sporting world also got involved, with Kenny Dalglish, Darren Gough and Ricky Hatton all contributing canvases. Sir John Hegarty's 'Zag' attracted the highest bid on the night while Bill Bungay's 'Smile for the Canvas' sparked a bidding war. Tamsin Valentino, senior project manager at Love, who snapped up two canvases on the night ('Recycle Me' by Steve James, a Manchester-based designer and typographer, and artist Ralph Marra's 'Meadow Brown') commented: 'I'm here to support NABS and the important work that they do. I used to live in London and when I first arrived I used NABS to help find somewhere to live with others in the industry. It was so useful as I was new to the city and it was a lovely houseshare. I can't wait to display my two canvases at home!'Roger Wood, who bagged Sir John Hegarty's 'Zag', Bill Bungay's 'Smile for the Canvas' and 'Boddingtons' by BBH designer and partner Ali Augur, added: 'I'm really happy I got three great pieces of art, two from major creative geniuses and one that reminds me of one of the best ad campaigns.'

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