June 2020

HOME-START IS WHERE THE ART IS

Home-Start in Suffolk launch online art auction to raise vital funds to support struggling Suffolk families

With the help of several local artists and friends, the team at Home-Start in Suffolk have launched the very first Home-Start in Suffolk “Art Auction” featuring nearly 50 amazing pieces including original works of local artists Theronda Hoffman, Allan Williams, Tim Brown and the ever mysterious “The Hat” – who has been creating pieces of artwork and leaving them across East Suffolk for people to find and auction off for charity!
Home-Start in Suffolk has been supporting Suffolk families for over 20 years & is instrumental in early intervention to prevent families reaching crisis point. Helping families as they navigate through challenges such as bereavement, long term illness, domestic abuse, isolation, poor mental health, disabilities & so much more, Home-Start in Suffolk work alongside the statutory services & are highly respected amongst their partners & peers.
Alison Watson, Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Home-Start in Suffolk said ”The idea of launching an art auction came when we had to move our main fundraising event, The Moonlight Ball to next year leaving us with 2 amazing pieces of art that had been kindly donated for the event.
“With all our events being cancelled this year we have a huge fundraising deficit of £75,000.” Alison explained. “We have had to come up with new innovative ways to try to raise these funds and so we set about hosting our own online art auction to sell, initially, these 2 original pieces. Then with the help of our network of ambassadors, we set to work, calling for more support in sourcing new artwork for the auction.”
They have had an incredible response and they now have 48 pieces in the auction – some original paintings and drawings, some limited-edition prints and some fabulous original photography.
“We have created an online gallery with the help of Theronda Hoffman who kindly allowed us to store and photograph the artwork in her studio with the help of professional photographer Cherry Beesley of Simply C Commercial photography.” Said Alison, “Bidders can view each piece individually and place bids using the bidding forms for each item. There is a fabulous collection of different pieces and there is something for everyone.”
Some notable pieces include the stunning ‘Relaxing with Poppies’ by Theronda Hoffman, ‘Blue Wreck’ by Allan Williams, the stunning original portrait of Johnny Depp by Tim Brown and a striking new piece from “The Hat” entitled ‘Contagious.’ The auction will be live until 23rd July 2020!