Artists in Lewes raise funds for children in Africa

Artists at the Chalk Gallery in Lewes are delighted to have raised more than £1,600 for The Peace Project through sales of small original artworks donated by the artists, and a silent auction of Jo Ansell’s beautiful sculpture, ‘Nu’.

Even more exciting for the artists was the news that the funds raised before Christmas were immediately put to good use by holding a Christmas party for sponsored children in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Parents were given money to purchase a gift – for many of the children this was the first time they had received a Christmas present.

A further sum of money raised at the gallery is setting up a soap-making business for a double amputee – the soap making machine is on its way to him.

The Peace Project is an international social movement powered by the belief that through creativity and community we can change the world – problems that were previously thought almost insurmountable can be solved and sustainable peace can be created in communities and countries around the world.

It was launched in July 2010 when Lisa Schultz, founder of online creative community ‘’, asked: “If one person can singlehandedly establish World Peace Day, what can an entire creative community do?”

Lisa has passed on her thanks to the artists for their “incredible support”.

The Peace Project book 2014, featuring art from all over the world has been published. Three Chalk Gallery artists have their work included, and they are thrilled to be part of this project. Copies of the book are available at the gallery in North Street.