Artists Support Fight For Sight

At this year's Battersea Affordable Art Fair

Fight for Sight is the chosen beneficiary charity at this year’s Battersea Affordable Art Fair, which runs until Sunday 16th March. Willie Christie, photographer and director, will attend the charity preview night on Wednesday 12th March.

Willie Christie worked extensively as a photographer with British Vogue during the 1970s and early '80s and shot 12 Vogue covers with many inside spreads. His portrait work includes international icons such as Cary Grant, Grace Jones and Sir John Mills and rock ‘n’ roll album covers for the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and David Bowie amongst others.

His latest work has seen him join forces with Back to Front TV to head up an exclusive fashion photography reality show, which has adopted Fight for Sight as its charity.

Christie said: “I was honoured to be asked to speak at the fair on behalf of Fight for Sight. My career has focused on vision and looking through a lens, so for me, my eyesight has obviously played a key role. Without my sight I would be lost. I’m supporting Fight for Sight and their main aim, which is to create a future that everyone can see.”

Fight for Sight, the UK charity that funds eye research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease, will be present at the fair.

Galleries who are exhibiting include Robin Cameron of Cameron Contemporary Art, and Nicholas Bowlby, Gallery One, London Contemporary Art who will all be donating a percentage of sales at the Affordable Art Fair to the charity.

Tim Hall, a fine art photographer who specialises in travel and landscape imagery, has pledged to donate £10 for every signed copy of his new book ‘Above the Clouds’ sold at the fair.

The fair is being held at Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park and will launch with a charity preview night on 12th March from 5.30 – 9.30pm.

To give art lovers an experience of sight loss the Fight for Sight stand will display an edited version of ‘The Milk Maid’ by Vermeer courtesy of Rijksmuseum Amsterdam to represent four different eye conditions - Macular Degeneration, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Cataract and Diabetic Retinopathy.

There will also be a daily champagne prize draw courtesy of Southwick Court Fine Wines Limited.

If you have an eye for art and are looking for a piece that is traditional or contemporary the fair promises it all. Tickets are still available for the charity preview night at £25 each and can be purchased by calling Fight for Sight on 0207 264 3905 or email

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March 11, 2014