Damien Hirst makes ukulele for the Idler

16 Jan

WE ARE delighted to unveil the first pictures of the one-off spin painting ukulele created by Damien Hirst for the Idler.

The piece is titled “Spin Ukulele for the Idler” and is to be auctioned by Bonhams at a sale to take place on 28 January, with a viewing to take place the evening before.


“Art is about spreading joy and the ukulele gives people joy,” said Damien. “That’s why I said yes when Tom [of the Idler] asked me to make an art ukulele. It’s also cute and Hawaiian. Spread the joy!”

The piece is rare because it is 3D with lovely detail on the sides and also because it is double-signed.

Half of the proceeds from the hammer price will be donated to Victim, the charitable trust founded by the artist. Victim aids charities supporting children’s causes including health, disabilities and education, along with providing support to a charity that works towards the survival of indigenous communities around the world. The other half will be donated to The Idler Academy.  In addition to an educational purpose, the Idler has a philanthropic mission. As such, the proceeds for this sale will benefit the African educational charity Sumbandila as well as the Idler’s mission to teach the world the ukulele.

Here you may view a short film on Rosie, a girl who benefited from Sumbandila’s scholarship programme:

You may view the online catalogue by following this link: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22275/ – click ‘View E-Catalogue’ on the right hand side to have a look. The Hirst is Lot 26.

If anyone is interested in bidding, please contact victoria@idler.co.uk.