Doncaster Creates and The New Fringe had teamed up last week to put together an arts auction, to raise money to support people affected by the floods. This was a fantastic collaboration that has raised a grand total of £4,300! Thank you to everyone involved and supported the event.
Words: Kim Farr
Photography: Courtesy of Rose Wood and Yvonne Richards
£4,300 was raised on Sunday through the generous donation of local, national and international artists. Some art works sold for as much as £700 and even as the auction began, work was still being donated. A total of 70 paintings, sculptures and by established and emerging artists, went on sale mostly with no reserve, which enabled many first time buyers to experience great and affordable art along with the thrill of an auction!
It was suggested that the small ink drawing by street artist Phlegm, depicting a flooded character, be upscaled at some point onto a local gable end or such like, (please let us know if you have a site for us).
With climate crisis and flooding, in mind, a great community spirit meant people stayed till the end, resulting in all work being sold, sustained through local traders produce on special discounts for the cause in the fabulous Wool Market.
Not only did the event raise significant funds towards the flood relief for those most affected, but also raised the profile of artists and developed a new audience for visual art in Doncaster and perhaps a taste for further art auctions in the future. The New Fringe is temporarily in Cleveland Street, courtesy of Empire Holdings, but hope to find a more permanent home for their artist’s studios.
Initiated by Kim Farr, New Fringe this was a collaboration with (auctioneer for the day) Mike Stubbs, Doncaster Creates. Put together in less than a week by members of New Fringe, with overwhelming support, donations and uptake, we now wish to thank all involved in organising, purchasers and donors !
All money is being channelled into the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal, ring-fenced for Doncaster, still open for donations https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/syfloods
Kim Farr, Doncaster New Fringe
Mike Stubbs, Doncaster Creates
“I was very happy to buy a wonderful painting by Andrew Farmer at the auction to help those affected by the terrible recent floods. Thanks to all those who organised the auction and the generosity of those who contributed-the artists, the bidders and the auctioneers.” – Rosie Winterton
“The auction was a brilliant event. I congratulate the organisers and the artists on their generosity, compassion and imagination, it shows again the brilliant effort by the community to help the victims of the floods” – Ed Miliband