Pakistan Floods Appeal:
International artists pledge their work for East Midlands auction
A Nottingham curator has secured a stunning collection of work from world famous international artists to boost the Pakistan Floods Appeal.
Grayson Perry, flamboyant winner of the Turner Prize in 2003, and BAFTA winner Alison Jackson, who hit the headlines with her look-a-like photos of celebrities in compromising situations – think David Beckham and Camilla Parker-Bowles – are just two of the big names who responded to the call to help.
Curator Saira Lloyd from Bramcote Hills decided she could not sit back whilst the aftermath of the floods continued to wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people in Pakistan – the country where she lived until she was 10 years old. An artist herself, Saira decided to email artists, arts organisations and creative businesses asking them to donate a piece of work for an art auction – and she has had an incredibly positive response.
“Ordinary people are suffering daily because of this unimaginable natural disaster. People we don’t know, nor are ever likely to know, are in dire need of the basic essentials of life just to get through the days ahead. The question was simple: could I possibly help?”
“Almost immediately I started to get emails back – Grayson Perry was one of the first – and I have now a collection of stunning pieces I am going to auction in the New Year. I have been deeply touched by the generosity of everyone who has offered their support.
“The Arts Auction for Pakistani Floods Appeal gives the opportunity for artists and those who admire art to contribute to the continuing efforts in Pakistan to restore acceptable living conditions and prevent disease within local communities. 100% of our profits will be donated to The Disasters Emergency Committee (Pakistan Appeal). I am also looking for local businesses, volunteers and artists to come forward to make this event a real success and to raise as much money as possible for some of the most vulnerable people. Please get in touch if you feel that you can help in any way”
Some of the artists supporting Saira’s appeal are:
Clay Smith – Artist
“Natural disasters that hit our earth and harm our people have in recent history given us the opportunity to reach out across many cultures. I am very grateful to be given the chance to be part of something so worthwhile, by donating some art works.”
Maggie Cullen – Artist
“I was delighted to donate a piece of work for the arts auction for Pakistani Floods Appeal. It is far more personal and meaningful to give something I have made. I hope in a small way help other people rebuild their lives after such a dreadful disaster.”
Andrea Hadley-Johnson – Derby Museum and Art Gallery
“We’re delighted to support this very worthwhile appeal. It’s both refreshing and moving to see so many creative individuals and organisations pulling together to deliver support for the people of Pakistan.”