Celebrity artwork for Big Heart Auction revealed

DONATED artwork from professional local, national and celebrity artists, illustrators and photographers is going up for sale to raise money for charity.

Monty Python actress Carol Cleveland with her work Fairy Queen
Monty Python actress Carol Cleveland with her work Fairy Queen

The Big Heart Auction 2016 is supporting Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice and Brighton Dome’s Umbrella Club.

Candida Stevens Gallery, in Northgate, Chichester, hosted the launch this week, showcasing a wonderful range of donated artwork.

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One highlight is a piece by popular children’s illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, from Hastings.

Clair Boarer with artist Chloe Boarer and her work African Lady and Child

He said: “I am delighted to donate The Art Bird painting to Chestnut Tree House for their Big Heart Auction.

“As a children’s book illustrator I’m particularly pleased to be able to support this wonderful children’s charity in this way and I hope that my contribution will enable them to continue their invaluable support for so many families.”

All the works will be available via an online auction on Ebay from July 1 to 10. Visit www.bigheartauction.org.uk to view the lots.

Selected pictures will be taken on a roadtrip around Sussex to give people the chance to see and experience the art available. This includes an exhibition at the Dome Cinema in Worthing on May 16 and 17, Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne from June 7 to 9, St Mary in the Castle in Hastings from June 21 to 23 and Brighton Dome from July 1 to 5.

Artist Deborah Mitchelson

Liz Ganney, head of fundraising development at Chestnut Tree House, said: “Our Big Heart Auction returns after the phenomenal success of last year, where we raised more than£30,000.

“I am overwhelmed at the generosity of Sussex’s artistic community and very proud to reveal the artworks we have in our Big Heart 2016 collection.

“We have a terrific breadth of work available to bid on and will continue to add artworks in the coming months.”

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome, said: “Buoyed by the success of last year’s auction, it’s a delight to partner with Chestnut Tree House for an event that is becoming a real highlight of the local art scene.

June Frickleton with artist Des Kilfeather and his work Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Page 221

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