About Us

PADDLES ON! is an exhibition and auction that brings together artists who are using digital technologies to establish the next generation of contemporary art. Curated by Lindsay Howard and presented in collaboration with Tumblr, this collection is the second digital art auction at Phillips, in recognition of the increasing viability of this work in the contemporary art marketplace.

In October 2013, PADDLES ON! launched as the first exclusively digital art auction at a major international auction house. Nearly 500 people attended the live auction which was envisioned as both the first sale by an international auction house to support digital work and the start of a larger conversation on how the contemporary art world is adapting to and engaging with new technologies.

Building on the momentum and excitement in New York, PADDLES ON! will launch a freshly curated sale this summer, bringing the event to an international audience at Phillips’s European headquarters in London. The event will coincide with the contemporary art evening and day sales and include a two-week exhibition and a live auction led by one of Phillips’s world class auctioneers. The auction will also be available for online bidding (18 June - 2 July) through a partnership with Paddle8.

Artists and participating galleries will receive 100% of the sale profits. A portion of the buyer’s premium will be donated to Opening Times, a new not-for-profit online commissioning body.

In conjunction with the exhibition and auction, Phillips and London-based gallery and publisher Arcadia Missa will present a series of public programs focused on what it means to create, sell and collect digital art in the 21st century.

LIVE AUCTION : July 3, 2014 

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EXHIBITION : June 21 - July 3, 2013
HOURS : Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm,
LOCATION : Phillips, 7 Howick Place, London SW1P 1BB

ONLINE AUCTION : June 18 - July 2, 2014
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