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Health chal­lenges drive artist to help auc­tion

- Jes­sica Cuth­bert Society · Health Conditions · Australia · Ireland · Neurology · Epilepsy Action

Lo­cal artist Chelsea Hop­kins-Al­lan is join­ing more than 160 prom­i­nent and up-and-com­ing artists from across Aus­tralia to raise vi­tal funds for peo­ple liv­ing with epilepsy.

These artists are do­nat­ing orig­i­nal art­works to the online Art for Epilepsy auc­tion, open un­til March 26.

Al­most 200 works of art are up for auc­tion, in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful wa­ter colours, vi­brant ab­stracts, and in­tri­cate il­lus­tra­tions.

The auc­tion opened for bid­ding in early Fe­bru­ary and will close at 9pm on In­ter­na­tional Epilepsy Aware­ness Day, also known as Pur­ple Day on March 26.

To tie in with the colour pur­ple, the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised colour for epilepsy, artists have been asked to fea­ture a shade of pur­ple in their art­works in some way.

Ms Hop­kins-Al­lan said she was proud and ex­cited to be involved in the Art for Epilepsy auc­tion again.

“Although not epilepsy, I have had my own se­ri­ous health chal­lenges for the last four to five years and this made me re­alise how much such con­di­tions such as epilepsy can af­fect your daily life and con­fi­dence in so many ways we take for granted when we are healthy,” she said.

“I think it’s re­ally re­ward­ing to be able to make some­thing with some­thing as sim­ple as pa­per and paint that an or­gan­i­sa­tion such as Epilepsy Aus­tralia can use for good.

“It just makes you feel good as I think of how a lit­tle kind­ness in a dif­fi­cult time has been dra­matic for me.

“I want other peo­ple to have that too, in this case peo­ple deal­ing with epilepsy via the work of Epilepsy Aus­tralia.”

Epilepsy Ac­tion is the largest provider of ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port ser­vices to chil­dren and adults with epilepsy across Aus­tralia. There are 250,000 peo­ple af­fected by epilepsy across the coun­try.

The in­au­gu­ral Art for Epilepsy auc­tion, held last year, fea­tured more than 60 works by 55 artists.

The ini­tia­tive was an out­stand­ing suc­cess, rais­ing more than $20,000.

Epilepsy Ac­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Carol Ire­land said epilepsy was the world’s most com­mon se­ri­ous brain

con­di­tion, how­ever com­mu­nity aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of the con­di­tion re­mained frus­trat­ingly low.

“Our aim is to raise aware­ness of the im­pact of this of­ten de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion, and to sup­port peo­ple liv­ing with epilepsy to lead op­ti­mal lives,” she said.

“Art for Epilepsy plays an im­por­tant role in help­ing us to raise enough funds to do that ef­fec­tively and we have such an in­cred­i­ble col­lec­tion of art­works up for auc­tion this year by some amaz­ingly tal­ented artists.

“We re­ally en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to jump online and get involved in this unique cam­paign.”

To check out the auc­tion, visit www.ArtForEpil­

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A piece by Chelsea Hop­kins-Al­lan.

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