Artists and craftspeople making a differencE

Local artists fight Coronavirus in Dorset

Nearly £9000 raised with 25% going to the Coronavirus Fund

On Sunday June 14th thirty four Purbeck artists offered their work for sale through the Art4Action online auction. 226 lots went under the hammer and raised £8,828.00, 25% of which has been donated to the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund, with 60% going to local artists.

Art4Action was first initiated by Malcolm Lewis of Wareham Tower Chimes magazine to raise money for local charities dealing with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Purbeck Art Weeks was delighted to team up, and with the help of local artists, the Art4Action auction was born.

The cancellation of the PAW Festival had left many local artists high and dry this year. ‘The event was brilliant!’ commented one artist and were ‘delighted’ it also raised £1324.00 for the Purbeck Art Weeks Charity. PAW’s coffers were depleted after the cancellation of this year’s event, so this money came at an especially opportune time for them.

In the photo above Wareham Mayor, Hilary Goodinge, (centre) presents cheques to Jonathan Greenwood, a Trustee of the Dorset Community Foundation (left), and for PAW charity, artist, Fiona Kelly (right).

Thanks to everyone that contributed

Wareham Tower Chimes would like to thank all those that joined in for their support in making this venture such a success, including sponsors like Meyers Estate Agents who paid the cost of hiring the online auction software, and of course Charlotte Heath at PAW.

Malcolm Lewis from Wareham Tower Chimes. said “We’re all really pleased with the outcome. You never know when you start something like this whether it’s going to be a success or not, especially in a Lockdown, but somehow we muddled our way through and did it!”

Jonathan Greenwood of the DCF said that their cheque for £2207 will do so much good in the community as Dorset struggles with the Coronavirus and its resulting disadvantages.

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