Postcards from Life Charity Art Auction

Over 150 artists from across the country have supported St Michael’s Hospice by creating a miniature masterpiece and then donating it to a secret art auction and exhibition.

Postcards from Life hopes to raise £10,000 for St Michael’s by giving people the chance to bid on and buy an original artwork. The 225 pieces can be seen online from Monday November 2nd and in an exhibition at Hellens Manor in Much Marcle between Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd November 2015.

The postcards are signed only on the back, if at all, so bidders won’t know the identity of the artist until after the auction ends.

Some of the secret contributors to the project include famous artists Chris Gollon, Jackie Morriss, Victor Tilson, Simon Dorrell, Charles MacCarthy and TV presenter Kate Bliss. Kate, a long-time supporter of St Michael’s, said, ‘I love art, and I think the project is a fantastic idea. For me, A-level art was a long time ago, but I still enjoy painting so decided to take up the challenge.

‘It’s wonderful that so many artists have contributed such a varied amount of work, and I love the way all the work is secret. My mum will be visiting the exhibition, so it’s going to be fascinating to see if she can spot my painting.’

Paddy Nugent, Community Fundraising Manager at St Michael’s Hospice, said, ‘We are very pleased with the support we have received from the artistic community. As well as raising money to provide Hospice services, we want the project to celebrate and promote the talent of everyone who has contributed to the project.’

To find out more about Postcards from Life, call the Community Fundraising Team at St Michael’s Hospice on 01432 851000 or visit www.st.michaels-hopsice.org.uk.

Photo: Kate Bliss and Paddy Nugent with a selection of Postcards