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Drawing Near: Charity Art Auction, Exhibition and Events in Aid of Six Charities 

We’re delighted to work with artist, healer, and writer Kate Walters to raise money for six charities concerned with the environment and helping people during disasters. 

The event, Drawing Near will take place at Tremenheere Gallery on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd December. It will comprise an art exhibition and auction, combined with an events programme (workshops, talks and ceremonies) that will create conversations and raise awareness around the climate crisis and related global emergencies. 

The two-day event invites you to help by raising money for refugees, victims of war and medics in war, increasing climate change awareness and donating to ocean conservation projects. We will be raising funds for Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), Eden Aid, Freedom from Torture, MSF, Sea Shepherd and Extinction Rebellion. Here’s a little more about them: 

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)

(source: BBC)

We’re proud to have raised £4425,80 earlier in the year during our charity day in aid of DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. DEC is one of six chosen charities for this event due to their continuous work to help save lives and ability to provide food, water, medical aid  and sanitation during the current floods in Pakistan. The floods have damaged more than a million homes, swept away entire villages, livelihoods, crops, schools and roads. You can donate to the Pakistan Floods Appeal here

Eden Aid

(source: Eden Aid, before their first trip to the Ukraine border)

Eden Aid is a charity that aids people fleeing from conflict. Not only do they move essential supplies from the UK to the Ukrainian border for onward distribution, but they also transport displaced people back from Poland to the UK (where they have visas) or to other Refugee Centres on the European mainland.

They are made up of a small group of friends from the Eden Valley near Penrith, moved by the plight experienced in Ukraine and decided to raise money to help them cope with their challenges. 

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

(Treating Severe Acute Malnutrition in Chakradharpur block of Jharkhand. Photo credit: Nikhil Roshan)

We were also pleased to host a charity day in aid of MSF last month. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or ‘Doctors Without Borders’ is an international independent medical humanitarian organisation. They provide medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusions from healthcare.

MSF has responded to the war in Ukraine in various ways; delivering 800 metric tons of medical supplies and relief items and provided hospital care on board two medical trains.

Freedom from Torture 

(source: Freedom from Torture)

Freedom From Torture provides specialist psychological therapy to help asylum seekers and refugees who have survived torture recover and rebuild their lives in the UK. They also provide training for professionals working with torture survivors. Hear Tracey’s story here. 

Sea Shepherd 

(source: Sea Shepherd)

Sea Shepherd’s sole mission is to protect and conserve the world’s oceans and marine wildlife. They work to defend all marine wildlife, from whales and dolphins, to sharks and rays, to fish and krill, without exception.

Around the world, Sea Shepherd is building new partnerships with national governments to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in their sovereign waters and protect marine wildlife. Watch their latest video here.

Extinction Rebellion 

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience with the goal to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. Watch their latest video here.

“Our world is in crisis. Life itself is under threat. Yet every crisis contains the possibility of transformation. Across the world, heralded by the young, people are waking up and coming together.” – XR 

Working with dreams and trauma, Kate is interested in “how we survive things that happen to us, how we learn from them and how certain experiences enhance our place in the world.” Her themes include initiation, indigenous peoples, animal teachers and the beauty of animals. She says: 

“By raising awareness and generating funds we can help people displaced by the war in Ukraine, the floods in Pakistan and all the other people made homeless by rising sea levels, with their livelihoods being wiped out. All these things are linked to the climate catastrophe.

“We called this multiple-fundraiser ‘Drawing Near’ because it was important to us that the title implied something that is drawing near.  While many people in this country only have a vague sense of the climate catastrophe – due to our hot summers and mild winters – there’s no getting away from it. We are all – will all be – affected. It is irreversible – we are locked in.

“This fundraiser is a call to arms.”

Drawing Near is set to be a wonderful, collaborative event with artworks that have been donated by the artists. Art will be available to buy off the walls with any unsold works to be auctioned on the Saturday (3rd December) at 5pm. International artist and curator Jesse Leroy-Smith (also lead tutor and mentor at Newlyn School of Art) will chair the auction.

There will be some exciting events throughout the two-days, from performances by The Red Rebel Brigade, and Penny Florence, to talks from Oxford University science students, activist Anna-Marie Solowij and XR’s Neil Scott. You can also enjoy a Tai Chi workshop, a poetry reading by international poet Katrina Naomi, as well as, Kate’s own Shamanic healing and light ceremony. Read more here.

Opening times for viewing, purchasing and events: Fri 2nd Dec: 11am – 8pm and Sat 3rd Dec: 11am – 5pm

Auction: Sat 3rd Dec: 5pm