Since the amazing success of the Lincoln Barons, I was approached by two of the other artists about collaborating on another project. Noticing that a lot of the Baron artists happened to be women from Lincolnshire, we decided that this project would celebrate inspirational women from Lincolnshire and raise money for the West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service (WLDAS). And so ‘Femmes of the Fens‘ was born: a Charity Art Exhibition that will be held at the Gallery at St Martins, Lincoln from 7th – 13th November 2016.
The three of us had several meetings over the course of a year, researching women for both subjects and artists that would like to be involved. By the beginning of 2016 we had attracted about a dozen ladies willing to donate for the cause.
Phil Bowman at Gallery at St. Martins was also very kind, renting us a week in his gallery space for free and helping us out as much as he could.
Mel Langton was one of the initial three fab artists who designed our poster, booklet and media headers, as well as donating three pieces.
The Lincolnshire Bombers held a raffle and very kindly donated all of the proceeds to our cause! Over £400!
The fantastic Georgia of Ether Limited organised many sponsors and donations. Set up social media accounts and got us many many interviews and features in publications!
Our opening night was packed full of press, artists, subjects and buyers as well as a photographer and members of the WLDAS. Pizza Express donated over £140 worth of food for the night and it was a success all-round.
I donated three pieces to the exhibition as well as invigilating it for several days. The first celebrated Jennifer Saunders, an ‘Ab Fab’ portrait out of red wine:
The second celebrated Margaret Thatcher, ‘The Iron Lady’ out of embroidery pins:
The third was a graphite portrait of chef Rachel Green. I presented a personal gift to her on the night: a portrait of herself out of gravy and she was thrilled!
The venue was usually buzzing with activity, whether it was the opening night, a group tour or a student or radio interview! We also had fantastic comments in the visitors book.
Each piece was up for Silent Auction and in the end we made £1,766.38 for the West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service! The amount is still going up, even now, as people continue to donate and buy…
Two of my pieces were sold and the lady who bought ‘Ab Fab’ asked for prints to be made for Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as she’s worked with them in the past. I was very thrilled to be forwarded a response from Joanna about my portrait!
I was absolutely over the moon!
If you’d like, you can also see me in a video in one of the student interviews: here
Please check out our Facebook page to see all the pieces in the exhibition and find out a little more about them.
Many thanks for reading. I had another solo exhibition immediately following this one, featuring some sculptures in Newark which I shall be posting about shortly. Have a very Happy Christmas!!