22 Apr #artivism
In 2019 I reclaimed the term ‘Artivism‘ to support charitable and support initiatives I feel strongly about. In February 2019 I donated one of my ‘Uprooted‘ paintings for ‘Bid and Rebuild‘ in Manchester for Together Now and Survivors of Torture Fund, an art auction at the Saul Hay Gallery.
I think it is hugely important that as artists we give back and raise awareness of important causes wherever possible and if it is within our means to do.
In April 2020, I joined the #artistsupportpledge scheme. Many artists and creatives like myself have lost supporting jobs and other creative work due to the current Covid-19 crisis. Set up by @matthewburrowstudio, the artists post images of the work they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping) and every time the artist reaches £1000 of sales they pledge to buy another work from one of the artists posting on ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE and so the circle continues. This scheme is working and is proving very popular. It is an excellent example of artists working together and forming a support community which is self-sustaining.
More recently, due to the strain being put on the NHS staff and their volunteers, I felt that I could be doing more in my own small way and so I came up with the idea of the #nhsartpledge whereby a selection of artworks I sell over £200, for the duration of the crisis, I will donate 20% of the proceeds to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL.
You can donate directly to the charity and also donate your stuff NHS Charities COVID-19 appeal
Here are some links to the work I am offering as part of both schemes: