The ‘Ken Howard and Friends- The Auction' in aid of Kids for Kids, the charity helping the forgotten children of Darfur, raised a remarkable £25,000 at last month’s 50/50 auction in our gallery.
Ken Howard invited his friends and top artists to join together to help raise funds for children in Darfur. With the funds received by Kids for Kids we will be able to provide 207 goats for 34 families – saving over 200 children from malnutrition. In two years time, kids from those goats will help even more children.
The paintings were displayed amongst our antique furniture and lit by chandeliers, turning it into an unique Exhibition of works by exceptional artists. Many of the artists joined us and Ken Howard at the Private Views and the Auction, including Tom Coates, Mary Jackson, Salliann Putman, Sue Ryder, Toby Ward, Patrick Cullen, David Parfitt and Melissa Scott-Miller. An event with this many artists of such a high calibre coming together is rare, and we were absolutely thrilled to have such wonderful pieces to Auction.
Patricia Parker MBE, Chairman and CEO Kids for Kids said: "We are grateful to the artists for their incredible artwork, and for supporting Kids for Kids and to all those who helped us in organizing this fabulous event: John and James Bly letting us use the John Bly Gallery and their expertise in hanging the paintings, which was integral to the success, and the magazines and online platforms for helping us to publicise the evening (with special thanks to The New English Art Club for their support!)! “Art turned into healthy children – what a wonderful success”.