ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE
Paintings for Sale
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support and gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress the artist Matthew Burrows, www.matthewburrowsstudio, has instigated the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE #artistsupportpledge
The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work on Instagram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work
These are the paintings I currently have for sale as part of the Artist Support Pledge.
The paintings have been reduced so as to be within the price range for the Artist Support Pledge. They are for sale @£200 each. "On the Way to the Sea" is framed, the others are not, but are supplied with D-rings and cord/wire so are ready to hang. There are more details in my main gallery. Please email me if you would like to purchase.
The Air That I Breathe Vl
On the Way to the Sea
ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE was set up by @matthewburrowsstudio on the 16th March 2020 in response to the COVID19 pandemic. Since he posted his first image it has become a global movement towards a generous culture and economy in support of artists and makers. The project uses social media platform Instagram, which is a popular platform for artists to post images and share their work. Anyone can buy the work and artists don't need permission to join.
Work for sale is often posted with these hashtags:
#supportartists #covid19 #coronavirus #livegenerously
PORTRAITS FOR NHS HEROES
This project was set up by the artist Tom Croft, www.thomascroft.co.uk, who offered a free portrait to a NHS frontline worker. The response to his offer was overwhelming and has grown into an amazing initiative whereby any portrait artist can offer a free portrait to an NHS worker.
To date I have completed three portraits.
My first is of Kate, a midwife who is working through the covid-19 pandemic on a busy maternity unit in Barnsley
Kate, Midwife. #portraitsfornhsheroes
My second portrait is of Katie, a staff nurse working on a coronary care ward in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
Katie, Coronary Care Staff Nurse #portraitsfornhsheroes
Both women speak of long shifts made exhausting by the wearing of PPE, shortage of staff due to sickness, and increased anxiety and isolation experienced by patients unable to receive visitors, which they both do their best to alleviate. I am so impressed by the level of compassion and emotional care offered by both Kate and Katie on top of their practical clinical care duties.
My third portrait is of a paramedic in the West Midlands Ambulance Service who has moved her four daughters in with her brother so that she does not potentially infect them with covid-19. She won't see her children during the covid-19 lockdown. This is heart breaking and true of so many frontline workers, separate from their families during the covid-19 pandemic in order to keep them safe.
The stories of the personal sacrifices made by so many frontline workers during this pandemic need to be heard.
Karen, paramedic #portraitsfornhsheroes
It has been both a pleasure and a moving experience to "virtually" meet and to paint these three women.
I send heartfelt thanks to them, and to all NHS and keyworkers at this time and continuing into the future.