** UPDATE **
It’s the last week of this fantastic show and so far over £3,000 has been raised, which is brilliant and thank you, but we believe it has the potential to raise £5,000! Please show your support by visiting the gallery in Laxey (Saturday is the last day) to buy one of the fabulous pieces on display which are amazingly good value from a minimum starting donation of £5 – and of course more if you wish.The artworks below are by some of our best known, practicing artists – please read on for more information about sending in a bid…..
The exhibition of nearly 500 mini canvases measuring 5″ x 5″ opened to the public on Saturday at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey Woollen Mills. Curated by the very talented and extremely patient Julia Ashby-Smyth this is an art show with a difference. The canvases, which were generously sponsored by CuPlas Callow, have been painted, stitched, stuck and decorated in every manner by all kinds of people, from youngsters through to well known, practicing local artists.
The project was designed to raise money for the charity by engaging people in a different way. Very often fundraisers are around sporting activities, coffee mornings and themed events but the idea behind this was to get people use their creative skills to do something they perhaps wouldn’t normally do and to get people of all ages and abilities to have some fun. It has certainly achieved its aims in terms of the social aspect of this project.
Andrea Chambers, CEO of the Charity said that ‘life is a blank canvas’ and invited people to paint their inspiration. The variety of artwork submitted is both astonishing and inspiring; Life, love and landscapes; flora, fauna and feathers; hearts and stars; avocados and bananas, dogs, cats and family – it’s all there.
The canvases are for sale starting from £5 – although you can donate more of course – and each piece has a guide price. The lovely peeps at the gallery have waived all commission on the sale of these paintings which means that every penny goes to support the charity. If you haven’t been to the gallery before it’s just over the bridge on Glen Road. This show is the perfect reason to pay them a visit, so please do support both the art project and the Woollen Mills. The show runs until 15th July.
The main reason for this post, however, is not only to tell you about the project and ask you to support it, but particularly to show you the pieces which have been made by the established and practicing artists of the island. These are for sale by silent auction with a starting price of £40. To secure your favourite you can either leave a sealed bid at the gallery or, if you can’t get there for any reason, you can email through your bid to Julia at the gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org. For ease of administration, please put the artist number, name and your bid all in the subject line, e.g. “61 Natalie Norton £96”.
Huge thanks to everyone who has supported this project, not only the organisers and the lovely Julia and John at the Woollen Mills, but also everyone who has taken the time to produce a mini masterpiece and help to promote the event… (if I’ve missed anyone, my apologies and thanks to you too).
Please bid generously. If you’d simply like to make a donation to the charity instead of bidding for a canvas you can click on the link at the top of the page which will take you to the Manx Cancer Help donation page.
Click on the pictures and scroll through to see them in the Lightbox.