An art auction is to take place which will raise much-needed funds and awareness about self-harm.
Following on from the success of running the art auction in aid of Dalton Leisure Centre, where they raised £6,780, plus £850 for the Barrow based charity SAFA, which was 50 per cent of the proceeds of the Banksy auction, ArtWorks project coordinator Sharon Tait and her volunteers aim to raise much-needed money for SAFA – Self Harm Awareness For All, by running an art auction entitled ArtWorks – for SAFA.
Sharon recently received support from SAFA, and would like to give something back, she said, “SAFA help helped me gain greater understanding about my mental health issues and recent diagnosis.
“I wanted to give something back and as my background is in the arts, it was obvious to me to contact friends and art groups to see if they would like to be involved. Artists have also struggled during lockdowns as they have few places to show their artwork.
“This auction wants to promote each artist and create a bigger community of supporters for SAFA and artists. The project brings the art community and the charity together, as art can help people express their emotions and be used therapeutically, the link to the arts community appeared to be logical”.
The project will officially launch on April 23 via Facebook, go to ArtWorks – for SAFA auction page.
Start date: April 23 – 9am
Final auction date: June 5 – 8pm
The auction has a huge range of artists who have donated so far Martin Greenland, Martin Rowson, Elizabeth and Keith Shorrock, Jack Webster, Lucy Sullivan, Marianne Lusby, Ray Green, Peter Cave and lots more.
On sale will be glasswork, woodwork, jewellery, textiles, graphic novels, original cartoon, printmakers, and so many more yet to send work.
There are two payment options and people can also make a donation to SAFA via bank transfer, SAFA Cumbria. HSBC sort code: 40-09-14. Account: 41880144 and Paypal, [email protected]
SAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals in Cumbria whom self harm and to those who support them.
Their primary goal is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives, and we do this through non-judgemental counselling and trusting support to those aged 11-years-old upwards.
SAFA director, Lyndsay Aspin said: “SAFA is extremely grateful for Sharon and her team’s support, the charity totally relies on donations to survive and provide vital services to those in need. Donations can also be made via https://safa-selfharm.com/