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 as an oral surgeon in the NHS we were acutely aware of the issues within London hospitals, especially after she was redeployed to work in ITU (intensive care). So in mid March we decided to stage a fundraiser in which all profits would go to the NHS. We were quick off the mark as all the works came from us and did not require external sourcing.
Articles about our fundraising sale in several national papers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail 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."
Over the course of April it was amazing to witness an incredible sense of community and an almost overwhelming number of fundraising initiatives. We have done what we can to support these charities. Beneficiaries so far include the NHS, Refuge, Crisis and the Trussell Trust. 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.
We will add further works in the coming weeks.
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