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More than 100 Welsh artists donate works to Marie Curie’s ‘Great Welsh Art Auction’

The Great Welsh Art Auction

A VIRTUAL art auction featuring works from more than 100 Welsh artists goes live this week.

The event, which hopes to raise £60,000 for Marie Curie, will see a spectacular array of beautiful Welsh art up for bids, featuring a mixed media of works from paintings, prints, sculpture, glass, metal works and jewellery.

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading end of life charity and provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care for people with any terminal illness, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement.

Unity, a Cardiff-based artist, is one of the artists who has donated a piece to the event, which runs online from November 12 to 21, which has been sponsored by Western Power Distribution.

To launch the event, she created a mural at the end-of-life charity’s Cardiff and the Vale Hospice in Penarth, which includes depictions of the four seasons, as they represent the cycle of life, focusing on warm orange tones as a welcoming image for visitors to the hospice.  The frame displaying the art has been donated by Gardners.

Speaking of her experience of Marie Curie support, Unity – real name Amelia Thomas  – whose mother, Latifah, was diagnosed with breast cancer, said: “Marie Curie nurses came to give respite at night when she was nearing the end of her time. It was amazing for us to have this support to allow her to die at home. 

“Our family were able to get some sleep, knowing that my mum Latifah would be passing soon, but not knowing exactly when that would happen, made the time more bearable. It was also good to feel that we weren’t alone – that what we were experiencing is experienced by other families who would also be receiving this support from Marie Curie.”

Other artists involved in the auction include Marie Curie patron Kate Corbett-Winder, multi-medium creator Andrew Logan and landscape/seascape painter Heather Evans, among many, many more.

Victoria Hardy, Senior Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie, has organised the event and said: “This celebration of Welsh art is a unique opportunity for members of the public to purchase something beautiful for themselves or a gift, and take comfort in knowing that your gift is helping to raise funds so that Marie Curie can continue to be there for people who need them at end of life, and their families.”

The auction will be live from November 12 to 21 at https://givergy.uk/MarieCurieGreatWelshArtAuction