YOU’VE GOT A BIG HEART

Cotswold Life - - INSIDER’S GUIDE - Call 01453 886868 for de­tails or visit www.long­field.org.uk/artcrawl for ex­hi­bi­tion des­ti­na­tions.

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.

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