Art with a Heart – Local Art for Local People

There is a long tradition of artists using their talent to benefit good causes and from 1 -6 October work from members of the North Bristol Art Trails will sold along with other work at the Heartfelt Art Exhibition to raise funds for Cruse Bereavement Care Bristol.

The exhibition was the brainchild of well-known Bishopston based landscape artist Huw Richards-Evans who wanted to do something to help the charity in its mission to provide support to bereaved people in Bristol, having known people who had benefited from the service. Cruse has been in the city for over 30 years and during that period hundreds of volunteers have given their time to provide specialist counselling or sometimes just a listening ear to help people to come to terms with their loss and to start to face the future again. The service can truly be a lifeline when grief can leave people in the depths of despair but often finds itself struggling to raise sufficient funds to keep going.

The Heartfelt Art exhibition is a show with a difference. All A5 (6’’x 8’’) sized work will be sold for a flat fee of £40 and is signed on the back so the identity of the artist might be a surprise to the buyer when it is revealed on purchase. There will also be a ‘sealed bid’ auction of larger and 3D pieces, to be drawn by Bristol Mayor George Ferguson on Saturday 6th.

A list of contributing artists can be found on the website and includes Martin Parr, Laura Cramer, Jenny Urquart, James O’Dwyer and of course Huw himself. The exhibition is taking place at Philadelphia Street Gallery, opposite Harvey Nichols in Cabot Circus and art collectors are advised to come along on the opening night on 1 October, 6pm – 8pm to snap up the bargain of their choice. The gallery will be open all week 10am – 5pm until the finale on Saturday 6th at 6pm. Any artists who wish to contribute have still got time – donations are being taken right up to Friday 30 September. Contact Fundraising Officer Becky May on [email protected] to arrange for your piece to be collected.

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