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Heart of Kent Hospice to host its first-ever online art auction

 

Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, and jewellery are among the stunning array of artwork going under the hammer to raise funds for Heart of Kent Hospice.

A group of celebrity, professional and amateur artists with Kent connections are generously donating their incredible work to the charity’s first-ever online auction. Art of Kent Auction takes place between Friday 16 October and Sunday 18 October 2020.

Kent artist and illustrator, and one of Britain’s most popular and best-selling printmakers, Graham Clarke, will be donating an original etching from his collection. Graham, who is also Artistic Patron for the Hospice’s sculpture trail next year is excited to be taking part saying: “I am very happy that Heart of Kent Hospice have asked me to support their Art of Kent Auction. Needed more than ever, our wonderful Hospice provides extraordinary care and support to our community. We must support them in return by helping to raise vital funds. I am very pleased to donate one of my own original etchings – “County Town” – produced some years ago, it deals with many aspects of the town’s unique and fascinating history. I trust that the purchasers of the artworks from the auction will enjoy them and that they and the artists themselves will be pleased to have helped this wonderful local charity.”

Other featured artists include Robyn Neild. Robyn is one of the UK’s leading fashion and lifestyle illustrators, who has worked for such clients as Givenchy, Vivienne Westwood, Vogue and Harrods. Robyn will be donating one of her first series of limited-edition sculptures cast in bronze that depict the timeless, yet fashionable female form.

Jack Frame is donating two pieces – Garden lady (oil on gold leaf) and Ikon (gold leaf on glass). Jack was born in 1983 in Kent and attended The Kent Institute of Art & Design. He was tipped early on as one of the most collectable young artists in the UK after receiving the GSA Painting award and the Prize for Landscape Drawing.  His paintings and drawings of mixed material capture a world in a vivid, intense and dramatic way, and his studio is currently based in the Creative Quarter of Folkestone, Kent.

Heart of Kent Hospice Community Partnerships Fundraiser, Karen Newton-Anker, has been overwhelmed by the response from artists: “We are thrilled that so many artists have donated their work and are thrilled with the outstanding quality and diversity.

“The artwork ranges from paintings and photography to ceramics and jewellery. We have a limited- edition piece from Jim Moir and a completely unexpected and very welcome lot from legendary Queen guitarist Brian May in the form of a signed guitar. The works of art appeal to a wide variety of tastes and budgets, so we encourage everyone to register and view everything the auction has to offer.”

People can register their interest at www.hokh.org/support-us/events/. They will be sent a link closer to the event to view the auction brochure with all the lots and discover more about the artists and their work.

The auction begins on Friday 16 October 2020 at 7:00pm. Art lovers will be able to register their bids in advance. If they are outbid, they will be alerted by email/text and can increase their bid further if they wish. The hammer goes down at 10:00pm on Sunday 18 October when the highest bids will secure their unique pieces of artwork.

Heart of Kent Hospice hopes to raise £10,000 to support its care of local, terminally ill patients and their loved ones.

To find out more please visit www.hokh.org/support-us/events/ or email Karen at karen.newton@hokh.co.uk.

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