Nicky Hirst

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 and there were articles in several national papers including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail which helped to generate sales. From April it was also 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 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 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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