08 Nov, 2009

Win a Picasso – and save the planet

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Signed linocut by Picasso offered in 10:10 competition

Ever fancied owning an original Picasso? How about a signed one? And what if it was also something that helped the fight against global warming? Well, the dreams of one art-loving environmentalist will soon come true.

The 10:10 campaign plans to give away an original, signed linocut made by Pablo Picasso in 1956. Vallauris is a linocut printed in five colours, each made from a separate block.

Picasso produced a series of linocuts from 1951 to 1964, which were used as posters for an annual exhibition of ceramics in the southern French town of Vallauris, where the Catalan artist had settled in 1948. The town is famed for its ceramics, arts and crafts exhibitions and bullfighting. Picasso made many of his ceramic artworks near Vallauris, in the local Madoura pottery.

Now the Vallauris linocut will enter history in a new role — raising money to fight climate change. To win the artwork, entrants can buy as many tickets as they wish to enter (each priced at £10.10) and answer a question about Picasso’s work. Correct entries will be drawn from a proverbial hat on 31 January next year and all proceeds go to the 10:10 campaign.

“Short of robbing a gallery, this is the best chance that us ordinary mortals have of getting our hands on a Picasso. And you’ll be saving the planet at the same time,” said Franny Armstrong, founder of the 10:10 campaign. “If we could sell 100,000 tickets, we could run the whole campaign for another 18 months.”

The 65cm by 54cm artwork, valued at around £4,500, is one of a few printer’s proofs made by Impremerie Arnera in 1956 and printed on Arches paper by the Association des potiers de Vallauris. It was donated to the 10:10 campaign by art dealer and philanthropist Fred Mulder.

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