MAC showcase for charity art auction

Published Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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A collection of 150 pieces of artwork displayed at the MAC Belfast is going under the hammer to raise £50k for the NSPCC NI's Changing Childhoods Appeal.

MAC showcase for charity art auction
Some of the art on display. (© UTV)

Work from established local artists such as Neil Shawcross and JB Vallely and international artworks by Damien Hirst sits alongside pieces by emerging artists and the cream of local student talent.

Carrie Neely hosted the exclusive exhibition after the last campaign in 2012 brought in over £25,000.

The pieces in the collection which includes paintings, prints, sculpture and photography are available to bid on in a silent auction until Wednesday evening.

"I am an art consultant and I'm also on the board of the NSPCC, so I thought what better way for me to try and raise money than organising an art exhibition with proceeds going to the NSPCC," Ms Neely explained.

"This is the second year that I have held this, this year is much bigger and has a lot more artwork in it so I'm hoping I'll raise more money.

"My hope is really that people are inspired to head to the online auction and contribute to the vital work of the NSPCC by bidding for their favourite piece. Knowing that a piece of art you bought has made a difference to a child's life will make it all the more special.

"Art is something that I think everyone loves and this is an exhibition that is all inclusive, we have artworks from £30 and we have every single style and genre and it is something a little bit different."

The Changing Childhoods Appeal Board was set up in early 2012 and is made up of 11 men and women from a range of backgrounds. The challenge they have been set is to raise £1m to support NSPCC services throughout greater Belfast.

NSPCC Fundraising manager Dearbhla McGrath said events like the art exhibition were useful in bringing their cause to a new audience.

She added that all the funds raised for the appeal would be put to use within Northern Ireland.
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