planar x Reprieve
Own original Art. Be a patron and a philanthropist.
This online gallery is a collaboration between planar Gallery and Reprieve. Artworks offered for sale have been contributed by some of the most exciting, innovative and visionary contemporary and iconic artists working today and through recent years. At least 50% of the profits of each artwork sold will go directly to helping Reprieve continue the fight for justice on behalf of some of the most marginalised people in the world.
Reprieve is a high-impact human rights organisation working to end the death penalty, and extreme human rights abuses associated with the so-called “war on terror”: torture, rendition and assassinations.
Based in London, but working with partners across the globe, Reprieve’s lawyers, campaigners and investigators uncover and expose abuses committed by powerful governments against the powerless. In doing so, we create a climate where abuse is condemned, perpetrators are held to account, and pressure exists to prevent further abuses.
This approach works. To date, we have helped more than 500 people around the world to avoid execution, helped to secure the release of over 80 prisoners from Guantánamo Bay - more than any other law firm or NGO, and worked with victims of drone strikes and their families. From the US to the UAE, Pakistan to Malawi, we fight for justice and we save lives.
Reprieve is honoured to partner with planar Gallery and such an incredible roster of exciting visual artists. We hope you enjoy viewing the artworks, and do consider buying one. In doing so, you will be supporting our fight for a world free from extreme human rights abuses.
For more information about Reprieve, see www.Reprieve.org.uk
Faces behind the project
Jon Snow - Journalist & Broadcaster
Jon Snow is a journalist and broadcaster, and has been the face of 4 News since 1989. He is also a Patron of Reprieve. “I am so very proud to contribute towards the work of Reprieve. The world is a complex place, and as a journalist I am constantly witnessing injustice and tragedy. Reprieve cuts through all of that with a laser focus and clarity of purpose that enables them to make a real difference to people’s lives. I have had the honour of meeting people who are only alive today because of Reprieve, nothing could be more important - I urge you to support their work if you can!”
Leo Scott - Curator
Leo is a curator with over 15 years experience managing and curating for galleries from London's West end to international art fairs and festivals across Europe and North America. He brings his wealth of experience to the Reprieve x planar project to present a diverse, vibrant collection of exciting artworks.
Maya Foa is Reprieve’s Director, and leads the team of lawyers, investigators, campaigners, and policy advisors fighting against grave human rights abuses. Her work, alongside the work of the organisation she has helped shape over the past 8 years, aims to protect vulnerable individuals from the excesses of oppressive Governments – whether they are on death rows or hillsides patrolled by weaponised drones. Maya is particularly known for her innovative work on the Stop Lethal Injection Project – the first initiative to tackle the death penalty in the US via the means of execution, the lethal injection. Maya has worked with more than 50 global pharmaceutical manufacturers to help them prevent their drugs from being used in executions, and was described by CBS as “the women behind the shortage of execution drugs”. Because of her work, the rate of executions in the US is at a near generational low.
Andy Tsege, a British citizen and father of three, was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia in 2014 on the command of the Ethiopian government, as part of a brutal crackdown on civil rights activists. Shortly afterwards Yemi, Andy’s partner, contacted Reprieve to ask for our help. Together we campaigned on behalf of Andy, enlisting MPs, celebrities and the public in the call to bring him home. Andy spent four years on death row. With Reprieve’s help, he was released and returned to his family in June 2018. “Following my kidnap, I was held in secret detention and in solitary confinement for over a year, without any form of due process. I was regularly mistreated. I lost all my freedom, dignity and was starting to lose hope. Reprieve went above and beyond in the fight for my release. I would not be free without Reprieve."
Clive Stafford Smith
Clive Stafford Smith is a pioneering human rights lawyer, and the co-founder of Reprieve. To date, Clive has represented over 300 prisoners facing the death penalty in the southern United States. While he only takes on the cases of those who could not afford a lawyer – he has never been paid by a client –he has prevented the death penalty in all but six cases (a 98% “victory” rate). When Guantánamo Bay detention centre first opened its gates in 2001, Clive joined two other lawyers to sue for access to the prisoners there. Since then, he has helped to secure the release of 69 detainees from Guantánamo Bay, and continues to fight on behalf of 8 men who continue to be detained nearly two decades later, without charge or trial.