Next up from the Art on a Postcard team, hot on the heels of their rather successful International Women’s Day event; “Art on a Postcard (AOAP) is delighted to announce a special guest auction with War Child UK to raise money for the hugely impressive work they do supporting children in war zones. The auction will consist of a stellar line up of approximately 100 artists including New York based Loie Hollowell, currently represented by Pace Galley, Parisian based, writer, painter and printmaker Kate McCrickard, US artist Rob Browning has delivered 4 quietly haunting and beautifully executed artworks, British Pop Artist Julian Opie, Indian artis Mahesh Baliga who is represented by David Zwirner, Scottish artist Lorna Robertson who is represented by Ingleby Gallery and Berlin based Navot Miller who showed with Carl Freedman at last autumn’s Frieze in London”,
Art on a Postcard, generally associated with their excellent fundraising for The Hepatitis C Trust, did say they would start looking towards other charities alongside their key interest. Hopefully it won’t all be about artists with approval from the establishment galleries, it does feel the establishment grip is tightening at the moment, and the Postcard team had been building a reputation for finding interesting artists, lets hope they look beyond the big name art galleries and the increasingly middle class big name London art schools.
Bidding on the Warchild event doesn’t open until April 18th so we’ll hang on before we start to pick out favourites and such again, there is a Private View event at Soho Review at the start of May, May 2nd actually, and the bidding goes on until May 4th.
“Art on a Postcard is always keen to feature emerging talent. Recent Slade graduate Selena Scott is making her AOAP debut, plus emerging Irish painter Mercedes Helwein’s makes her second appearance after featuring in one of AOAPs 2022 auctions. London based young artist Chisara Vidale felt strongly she wanted to take part in this auction, stating ‘My maternal grandmother was a nurse in Nigeria during the civil war, and my mother eventually left Nigeria as a young person due to the military coup’.
A number of Art on a Postcard favourites have also sent in original postcard sized pieces to support War Child UK. Sara Pope has delivered a little oil painting, the hugely popular Eelus has also sent in original work, Rachel Ross’s exquisite work will be included, plus Darren Reid, who has excelled this year with a perfectly formed oil painting of an everyday landscape.
AOAP Founder Gemma Peppé was keen to support War Child UK as her mother is effectively a war child. Like many of her generation she was affected by the Second World War. “My mother was arrested in 1939 along with her mother in Lviv (formerly Lvov in Poland) with her mother when she was nine months old. They spent four years in a camp in Siberia before being released and eventually ending up in the UK, having been exiled from their native Poland. These difficult beginnings leave their marks on the adults that these children become, what War Child does to ease their passage is essential and I’m proud to support them.”
War Child UK works in the hardest to reach places to support those who are hardest hit, to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children, when they need it most. War Child provides immediate support to families in emergency situations, as well as working with local communities to create safe spaces for children to play, learn and access psychological support. Because one child caught up in conflict is one child too many”
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