Jo Longhurst

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). So in mid March we decided to do a fundraiser in which all profits would go to the NHS. Articles 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. 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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