2020 Art in Isolation
Like everyone else, over January and February we watched with increasing horror as Coronavirus spread around the world. With Claire working in the NHS we were acutely aware of the issues within London hospitals, especially after she was redeployed to work in ITU (intensive care) on the Covid ward. So in mid March we decided to do a fundraiser in which all profits would go to the NHS. We were very early to stage such a fundraiser, as we owned the work and they did not require external sourcing, and there were articles in several national papers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. These helped to generate sales and thanks to the generous support of collectors we raised a significant amount of money for the NHS.
This is the text that we sent:
"I know that at this time of international crisis, the last thing on people's minds is looking at art, let alone buying it. In my case, one of my daughter's has coronavirus (thankfully mildly) and we are under quarantine and waiting to see if we also catch it. All being well my wife, Claire, will return to her job as a surgeon in a major NHS hospital next week. Unfortunately, NHS Hospital staff, on the front line in the treatment of patients with Covid-19, are still working without the proper PPE (personal protective equipment), and there remains a shortage of testing kits and ventilators. As everyone pulls together I have been thinking what I can do as an art dealer. I feel very helpless. What I have done is put together a selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints and photographs, at reduced prices, and will donate all profits to the National Health Service. It would be wonderful if you could take a look and let me know if anything is of interest to you."
From April onwards it was amazing to witness an incredible sense of community and coming together and an almost overwhelming number of fundraising initiatives. We have done what we can to support these charities and have acquired works to suport the NHS, Refuge, Crisis, the Trussell Trust and Maggie's Cancer Charity.
We have also bought works from the phenomenally successful #artistsupportpledge whereby artists make sales to support themselves.
In this online exhibition we present some of the fundraising artworks that we have purchased for the collection with details of the fundraisers. Our support is ongoing and we will continue to add further works in the coming weeks.
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