A fabulous collection of unique toilet seats, created by a host of artists, fashion designers and celebrities, is going on show in London as part of a project with WaterAid and the Rankin Agency to help elevate the status of the humble loo and celebrate them for the lifesavers they are.
Harry Hill, Pam Hogg, Val Garland, Ozwald Boateng, Martin Parr, Boy George, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Pure Evil and Hayden Kays are among 25 artists who have given the ‘Best Seat in the House’ a special splash of luxury, highlighting how toilets are a luxury denied to 1.7 billion people.
Other artists who have contributed to the ‘Best Seat in the House’ campaign are Bambi, Carrie Reichardt, Charlotte Colbert, Chila Burman, Daisy Collingridge, George Morton-Clark, Gina Soden, Haseebah Ali, Jessica Albarn, Joe Sweeney, Laila Majid, Liaqat Rasul, Nettie Wakefield, Roo Dhissou, Seema Mattu and Soozy Lipsey.
The artworks, which include a golden throne, punk art, seats decorated in beautiful fabric, and a lucky toilet seat, will be displayed at a free exhibition at London Southbank's Oxo Gallery from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 February. They will be displayed as museum pieces, highlighting the inaccessibility of toilets to millions around the world.
One in five people globally have no decent toilet at home, compromising their safety, dignity, and health, with 800 children dying every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation. A third of schools lack these vital facilities, so millions of girls stay at home during their period, holding them back from fulfilling their potential.
Tim Wainwright, Chief Executive at WaterAid said:
“A lack of toilets traps whole communities in poverty, affecting people’s health, safety and dignity. When there are no toilets in schools, girls often skip class during their period or drop out altogether when they reach puberty, holding them back from fulfilling their potential.
“This exhibition is sharing the message that toilets save lives and are raising money to help get clean water and toilets to schools and communities around the world. These vital facilities can help quench every girl’s thirst for learning so they can build a better future. We are also delighted that the UK Government is matching public donations this winter, helping make double the difference.”
To view the ‘Best Seat in the House’ collection online and donate, visit