What is the TLC Deck of Cards?

The TLC Deck of Cards is a collaboration between artists and public figures who have been commissioned by Dame Floella Benjamin to each design a playing card from a deck of cards. The sale of the original artworks, decks of cards and posters will help to fund the life saving work of Transplant Links Community (TLC) in Africa and the Caribbean. The upcoming auction will be the third Deck of Cards art auction run in aid of TLC.

How can I bid?

The auction of original artworks will take place on Friday 2nd December 2022 with Ewbank Auctions, Surrey.

Can I buy an actual Deck of Cards?

All 54 fantastic designs from each auction have been collated to produce actual decks of cards, which you can buy from this website on the shop page. Volume 3, featuring artworks from the upcoming auction, will be available to buy later this year.

What’s this in aid of?

The TLC Deck of Cards Art Auction was founded in order to raise money for British Charity Transplant Links Community (Charity no 1119923). The money raised will help us to fund our next life saving mission to Africa or the Caribbean, where our marvellous team of volunteer doctors and surgeons can teach their skills in kidney transplantation to local medical teams, and save lives at the same time. This is a truly unique and special opportunity for art to literally save lives.

  • Doctors, surgeons and nurses in developing countries to be able to perform life-saving kidney transplant operations
  • Parents, wives, husbands, friends, and other family members the chance to save the life of their loved one by donating a kidney
  • Children with kidney failure to go back to school with a functioning kidney
  • Adults with kidney failure to go to work to provide for their families with a functioning kidney

Who are the artists?

Contributors to the Deck of Cards Volumes 1 and 2 include:

Grayson Perry CBE RA, Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA, David Shrigley OBE, Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Sir Quentin Blake CBE FCSD FRSL RDI, Dame Floella Benjamin DBE, Anthony Frost, Joanna Lumley OBE FRGS, Lemn Sissay OBE, George Underwood, Bear Grylls, David Mach RA, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Lizzie Riches, Dynamo Magician, Yinka Shonibare MBE RA, Dan Hillier, Karl Singporewala ARB RIBA, Annie Boisseau RBA, Ade Adesina, Mick Rooney RA, Alan Cotton MBE, Michael Foreman, Deborah Westmancoat, George Large RBA RI, Jackie Berridge, Carole Griffin RBA, Bridget Moore Sen RBA NEAC RWS, Celia Cook, Clare Mackie, Holly Frean, Christine Stark, Sean Jefferson, Francesca Centioni, Colin Mier, Sonia Martin, Lou Tonkin, John Nolan, Aimee Jewitt-Harris, Fraser Crawford, Soraya French, Nana Shiomi RE, Robert Fitzmaurice, Emma D’Arcey, Anastasia Lewis, Louise Body, Jaci Foster, Hazel Partridge, Jem Stevens, Richard Galloway, Tamsin Relly, Fiona Bradford, Sophie Molyneux, John Renshaw, Jan Kevan-Marcelo, John Hainsworth, Martin Ridgwell RE, James Faure-Walker, Peter Rasmussen, Vanessa Gardiner, Steven Ling, Sue Munson, John Howard, Peggy Cozzi, Katie Ponder, Jennie Jewitt-Harris, Sharon Drew, Daniel Jennings, Martin Leman, Sonja Burniston, Remy Nurse, Rhiannon Whitley Evans, Lars Fassinger, Alexander Vorobyev, Hannah Kokoschka, Sasha Mataya, Susie Perring, Joseph Coleman, Karen Marks, Chris The Baron Gilvan, Brendan Neiland, Ian Chamberlain, Peter Randall-Page.

Artists from the upcoming Volume 3 Deck of Cards will soon be announced.