Four years ago we painted a small artwork featuring our leaping antelope complete with a plume of mane, which was auctioned for the breast cancer charity, Art for Cure.
Having grown from strength to strength since then, Art for Cure’s imminent exhibition, Fanfare, is set to be a real extravaganza. To celebrate raising one million pounds for the charity, over 100 coveted artists, ceramicists, printmakers, photographers and sculptors will be exhibiting in the house and gardens of Founder Belinda Gray at her home near Woodbridge, Suffolk.
It is remarkable achievement to collate such a diverse collection of pieces considering all involvement is voluntary. The exhibition will take place over this coming weekend of 30th April – 2nd May. Tickets need to be pre booked and can be purchased here.
The exhibition also includes an online auction that includes trips to fabulous destinations, stays at holiday homes, cultural and foodie experiences, art works and creative work shops. We have gifted Afternoon Tea for two at Brumus Bar & Restaurant at Haymarket Hotel.
The auction is live and will close on Monday 2nd May at 8pm. Click here to browse the auction and place a bid.
We have been perusing the artwork that will be on display at the Fanfare exhibition and there are a few items that caught our eye. Laura Huston’s geometric vases are our standout piece.
I could definitely find a home for them. I love their volume and strong monochrome graphic markings. They look visually interesting as a set of three and could even be dressed with flowers as I have done here with Katherine Cuthbert’s pots at Ham Yard Hotel.
I was also drawn to Rachel Dein’s delicate botanical plaster mouldings. They would look fabulous against a contrast colour background as we have done here in The Potting Shed at Dorset Square Hotel.
Andrew Kay’s herd of deer look so animated and would add interest to any garden view. They remind me of Heather Jansch’s drift wood stag that can be found nestled under a tree in my home in the New Forest.
I am always looking for ceramics to add to my collection. They are artworks in their own right and can be framed in a Perspex box, or stacked in a dresser. Rosamund Coady’s playful lemon platters in an assortment of sizes would look great whilst being very useful in the kitchen.
Paul Richardson’s oversized leaves seem to defy gravity. This ‘falling leaves’ sculpture would work well both indoors and outdoors because of its perforated nature.
This is a beauty and reminds me of our leaf sculpture hung on the wall in the Orangery at Haymarket Hotel.
Another piece that caught my eye is Joel Walker’s elegant water feature, which could provide a nucleus to landscape a garden around. We have done the same with a beautiful stone fountain on the roof terrace at Ham Yard Hotel.
Finally, this intricately woven basket by Karen Bek is simply beautiful. As you can see from the collection of British baskets we have hung above the bar at The Whitby Hotel in New York, we are big advocates of craftsmanship and want to provide a platform for it to be appreciated.