NI personalities quick on the draw

Published Monday, 01 October 2012
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Well-known personalities from show business, politics and sports in Northern Ireland have stretched their artistic talents for a good cause.

NI personalities quick on the draw
Linfield manager David Jeffrey displays his piece of art for Action MS. (© Pacemaker)

The Action MS 'Take Art' campaign has collected artwork, including an industrial landscape featuring the shipyard cranes in East Belfast from First Minister Peter Robinson and a Donegal seascape from Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Ann Walker, chief executive of Action MS, said there have already been some interesting additions.

"We have had a very encouraging response so far with celebrities taking up our invitation with genuine enthusiasm. We look forward to showcasing their work and putting the pieces up for auction. We may well discover some exciting new talents," she added.

Graeme McDowell, who was part of Europe's Ryder Cup winning team produced a piece, as has Irish rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll and GAA star Peter Canavan.

Dame Mary Peters and Linfield's David Jeffrey have also drawn winning images for the charity, which supports those affected by Multiple Sclerosis.

Meanwhile recently hitched Patrick Kielty, Daniel O'Donnell and Sir Terry Wogan also created artwork especially for the Take Art campaign which was launched at Stormont on Monday.

The pieces will be sold to the highest bidder at a grand auction in Titanic Belfast in November, but until then will be on view at Ross's Fine Art Auctioneers website.

"We have everything from sketches to watercolours to cheeky caricatures and profound musings on life", said Ann Walker

"This will be an exciting piece of work that will be used in various ways to promote our work. It will also be a great encouragement to those people in Northern Ireland whose lives are affected by multiple sclerosis."

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