Arts is playing a huge role in lifting spirits in Shrewsbury following the pandemic, with some wonderful public art projects enhancing our townscape and making us appreciate local talent.
A new auction from Shrewsbury based national charity Village Water, launching on September 24, showcases the work of some of the best local artists, including some famous names - with a chance to bid for their works online, finishing with a live viewing on October 8.
There are more than thirty pieces of art for sale from over 25 artists, in a wide variety of styles, with something for every taste and in every price range. See the full gallery by scrolling to the bottom of this feature!
From the world-famous cartoons of Marvel and DC Comics artist Mike Perkins (Spiderman, Wolverine) and Charlie Adlard (Walking Dead) to the brilliantly colourful works of the BT box artists, Matt Sewell's beautiful birds, and super witty illustrations of My Shrewsbury cartoonist Tat Effby (Private Eye, The Guardian), you'll be amazed at the breadth of talent in our town.
Each artist has kindly donated their work to Village Water, to ensure that 100% of every winning bid goes directly to fund their safe water projects in Zambia and Mozambique.
“Not only is this a great opportunity to show off how truly talented our town is, but every penny donated will help families in Africa access their basic human rights,” said Beth Llewellyn, Fundraising Officer at Village Water. “Thank you to every artist who gave their time and talent. I can’t wait to see how much we can raise!”
The charity will be holding a one-day art viewing event on Friday, October 8 at ‘Get Your Wigle On’ Studio. The event will be free and open to all from 3pm – 10pm, with an ale and wine bar and DJs spinning tunes from 5pm. All bidding will continue to take place through the online auction site, so make sure you bring your phones to the event!
Village Water is a small charity based in Shrewsbury. They work with local partners in Zambia and Mozambique to improve equitable and sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene education in school and village communities. Since 2004 they have reached over 900,000 people.
Listen out for the Village Water Radio 4 Charity Appeal broadcasting on Sunday 2rd October and Thursday 7th October, with Advolly Richmonds (BBC Gardeners’ World, Garden, Landscape & Social Historian, based in Shrewsbury).
The FREE public viewing on the final night of the auction will be held at Get Your Wigle On Studio, 3A St Austins Friars Shrewsbury SY1 1RY on Friday, October 8th from 3pm-10pm. Open to all with bar & music from 5pm. For more information visit villagewater.org/art
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