YOU’VE GOT A BIG HEART
PAINTINGS and drawings donated to a charity auction will take a tour around the Cotswolds, dipping in to social hotspots like cafés, arts centres, churches and shops, so people can see the pieces up close.
Longfield’s annual Big Heart campaign sees professional, amateur and budding artists create pieces which are auctioned for the Gloucestershire hospice charity.
This year Under The Edge Arts in Wotton-under-edge, Stroud’s Museum in the Park, the Parish Church of St John The Baptist in Cirencester, Longfield’s shop in Gloucester, and the charity’s base in Minchinhampton will host exhibitions of the works.
The Art Crawl runs from November 1 to 26, and a 10-day ebay auction of the works starts on November 20.
Last year pieces by the Angel Of The North creator Sir Antony Gormley, comedian Phill Jupitus, and writer Jilly Cooper created excited bidding and helped raise £25,000 to fund Longfield’s art therapy sessions.
Pop stars Boy George and Lionel Ritchie also contributed artworks after being asked by Hollywood celebrity stylist David Thomas, whose aunt was cared for by Longfield’s hospice at home nurses. The Culture Club singer’s pieces collectively sold for £6,550.
Every year Longfield supports more than 900 people across Gloucestershire who have life-limiting illnesses.
Artists who wish to donate pieces can find the criteria on Longfield’s website. The deadline is October 20.