The Animal Ball – and its corresponding Art Show – is Europe’s most important fashion meets conservation fundraisers. This year all donations will go towards the Elephant Family, a conservation charity founded by Mark Shand in 2003 to protect one of the biggest and most intelligent mammals on earth, the Asian elephant. The species population has dropped 90 per cent in the last 100 years but to date the charity has funded over 150 projects in six different countries to mitigate human-wildlife conflict in Asia; recent projects have reconnected forest fragments, restored migratory routes and stamped out illegal trades.
Tickets for the ball itself can be purchased during the art show, which opens its doors in Mayfair on 23 May. Located at 9 Cork Street Galleries, the nine day exhibition will showcase 27 pieces of artwork, from photographs to sculptures, from some of the most notable names in contemporary art including Subodh Gupta, Tracey Emin, Joana Vasconceles, Nick Brandt, Philip Colbert and Rob and Nick Carter.
This stunning array of artwork will be available to buy on Paddle8, from 9am on Friday 17 May. This will include a Tracey Emin neon, an arresting Nick Brandt photograph and a Subodh Gupta brass elephant; all in aid of the acclaimed organisation.
The ball, hosted by TRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House on 13 June, will once again see animal loving figures from the arts, fashion, society, film and music scene don animal masks created by the world’s leading fashion houses (think Prada, Missoni, Chloe and Temperley to name a few) all in aid of raising funds for The Elephant Family.
The exhibition will take place from 23 May to 31 May, 10am until 6pm. The auction will run from 17 May until 13 June, the date of the ball.
9 Cork Street Galleries, Mayfair, W1S 3LP
You can buy tickets for the ball at the exhibition, which is free to enter.