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Artist’s online auction bid to help hospital charity

Date: 12 July 2017 10:34

Local and national prize winning artists have joined together for an online art auction to raise money for Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity.

Called, ‘Mardi Gras Requiem’, the online auction is open until Friday 28th July with an exhibition of the auction items taking place from 19-28th July at Project Space Plus Gallery, at the University of Lincoln. 

More than 70 pieces of work have been generously donated by celebrated artists including Turner Prize nominee Fiona Banner, Northern Art Prize winners Pavel Büchler and Leo Fitzmaurice, Marmite Painting Prize winner Iain Andrews and Contemporary British Painting Prize winner Cathy Lomax.

Other contributing artists include Susan Collis, Phillip Allen, Anthony Frost, Louisa Chambers and Geoff Diego Litherland, as well as the man who inspired the auction, John Bracey.

The charity auction has been organised by artist and university lecturer Andrew Bracey in memory of his late father, John.

“In February 2016, my dad sadly passed away mainly due to heart failure,” said Andrew.

“Since then, my brother and I decided that we wanted to do something a little bit more unusual to support the fabulous care and research that goes on at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital - one of the leading specialist centres in the country – and so we agreed on an art auction.”

He added: “My dad always liked to be a bit different and is remembered fondly as a creative gardener, designer, architect and woodworker, and especially for having a unique sense of humour.

“It was his love of traditional jazz and his favourite piece of music, Verdi's Requiem that inspired the name of the auction. The mixture of celebrating Mardi Gras and the act of remembrance in the requiem, seemed so appropriate.”

Andrew hopes that people will view the stunning pieces either online or in person at the week-long exhibition and help to raise as much as possible for the hospital charity. 

He said: “By donating to this very worthwhile cause, there’s also the added bonus that highest bidders will be getting a stunning new piece of original artwork for their wall.”

To view the art and to make a bid, please visit www.mardigrasrequiem.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk or come along to the exhibition at Project Space Plus, Lincoln, from 19th-28th July, between 10am-4pm.