Gala dinner & auction hosted by Stephen Fry

In September 2011, Mind's President, Stephen Fry hosted a star-studded gala dinner at the Imperial War Museum, to celebrate the launch of 'Mindful', an art exhibition and festival held at the Old Vic Tunnels to raise money for Mind's Creative Therapies Fund. Mind was organised and curated by one of Mind's ambassadors, the artist Stuart Semple.

Following an exclusive view of the exhibition, which included specially created works by world-class contemporary artists like Tracy Emin and the Chapman brothers, the evening continued with a black-tie dinner and auction in the main atrium of the Imperial War Museum. The museum was the original site of the Royal Bethlehem Hospital, known as "Bedlam".

Seated among the iconic architecture, planes and tanks of the Museum, the 200 guests dined on a three-course meal designed by the executive chef at the Four Seasons, Adriano Cavagnini. Guests included Lord Melvyn Bragg, Mind's former president, model Suki Waterhouse, and presenter Gail Porter.

Dinner was followed by a lively auction hosted by the charismatic Lord Dalmeny of Sotheby's. Lots included a day in the recording studio with the band the Kooks, a boutique Spanish holiday, and an original print by the artists Jake and Dinos Chapman.

The evening raised over £40,000 for Mind.

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