Art auction raises thousands for Doncaster’s flood victims
Artists came together to sell their work to donate funds to the victims of the flood.
A massive £4,300 was raised on Sunday, November 17, through the generous donation of local, national and international artists.
Some artworks sold for as much as £700 and even as the auction began, work was still being donated.
Parliamentary Candidate for Don Valley, Ed Miliband said: “The auction was a brilliant event.
I congratulate the organisers and the artists on their generosity, compassion and imagination, it shows once again the brilliant effort by the community to help the victims of the floods.”
A total of 70 paintings, sculptures and by established and emerging artists, went on sale mostly with no reserve, which enabled many first time buyers to experience great and affordable art along with the thrill of an auction.
Kim Farr, an art student at Doncaster College and a member of the New Fringe said: “With climate crisis and flooding, in mind, a great community spirit meant people stayed till
the end, resulting in all work being sold, sustained through local traders produce on special
discounts for the cause in the fabulous Wool Market.
“Not only did the event raise significant funds towards the flood relief for those most
affected, but also raised the profile of artists and developed a new audience for visual art in
Doncaster and perhaps a taste for further art auctions in the future.”
The New Fringe is temporarily in Cleveland Street, courtesy of Empire Holdings, but they hope to find a more permanent home for their artist’s studios.
Doncaster Central parliamentary candidate said: “Ii was very happy to buy a wonderful painting by Andrew Farmer at the auction to help those affected by the terrible recent floods.
“Thanks to all those who organised the auction and the generosity of those who contributed-the artists, the bidders, and auctioneers.”
The event was put together in less than a week by Kim Farr and Mike Stubbs or Doncaster Creates.
A Phlegm went for £700 and Vic Reeves donated two special editions signed screenprints, one went for £150 and another £130.
Kim said: “We had overwhelming support, donations and uptake, we now wish to thank all involved in organising, purchasers, and donors.”
All money is being channeled into the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal, ring-fenced for Doncaster, still open for donations https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/syfloods