LONDON – The annual RA schools dinner and auction on 25 March was the most successful ever. The live auction raised £80,000, which was considerably more than double the expected target. 

Lord Poltimore at the RA Schools Dinner and Auction.

Artist Tracey Emin and auctioneer Lord Poltimore.

Thanks to Robert Suss, Chair of the Patrons of the RA, and Eileen Cooper, RA, Keeper of the Schools, the guests were prepared to bid strongly for a good cause, as the RA schools are completely funded by private donations. 

Grayson Perry at the Royal Academy.

Distinguished guests included Grayson Perry, RA and Tracey Emin, RA both of whom generously gave a work for the live auction, and the singer Karen Ruimy, who was bidding throughout the auction.

Mariella Frostrup at the Royal Academy.

Mariella Frostrup was the guest speaker and gave a deeply personal and moving speech about her mother’s struggle to make a living as a painter and the affect it had on her life.

Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Managment, at the Royal Academy.

Other guests included Jo Wood, Sam Cutler, Alexander Dellal, Elisa Sednaoui, Edie Campbell, Otis Ferry and Bip Ling with the added bonus of Fearne Cotton who was the DJ for the evening – as can be seen from her Instagram shot.

Fearne Cotton DJing at the charity auction.