411: Handbags & Gladrags: Art Exhibition & Auction (Tuesday 24 May 2005 #2)

compiled by Liz Aders

There have been many charity auctions in recent times and artists continue to be asked to dig deep for various causes. Recent successful auctions include a staggering 300,000 euro raised by the Ireland Funds for the Special Olympics and several auctions to aid the Tsunami crisis in Asia. Art auctions are a proven charity winner, allowing the public to snatch up a artwork that might not normally be available and all at one place on a single night.

So, I’m pleased to announce that I'm shamelessly exploiting the charity auction model for a cause with a difference. How could it be different, you ask? Aren’t they all worthwhile causes? Ah, yes, but the difference is that this one is raising money for cancer: something that touches everyone’s lives. Handbags and Gladrags: Art Auction & Exhibition is to be held on 15 June 2005 at James Adam Fine Art Salesroom in Dublin for funds to refurbish St John’s cancer ward at Our Lady’s Hospital For Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin. The event is part of a larger fund-raising effort culminating in an evening entitled Handbags & Gladrags: Carnival Night which will take place on 8 July 2005 in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

This is a fund-raiser that is special to me, because a close friend of mine, Fred Hanna, lost his fiancée to cancer a number of years ago. Sarah Henry was only 23 years of age when she died from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a disease which affects children and young adults between the ages of 8 and 25. It is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer known. Today, hundreds of Irish children of all ages suffer from this and many forms of cancer. Our aim is to make the lives of the children, families and staff who care for them, far more comfortable by providing the ward with much needed equipment, furnishing and toys.

We currently have 108 artists already donating at least one work each. These artists include:

Olive Barrett + David Begley + Kate Betts + Mary Rose Binchy + John Boyd + Andrew Boyle + John Buckley + Cristina Bunello + Eoin Butler + Elaine Byrne + Gerard Byrne + Red Cabot + Jessica Callan + Petra Carter + Liza Cauldwell + Murielle Celis + Andrew Clancy + Tom Climent + Eamon Colman + Susan Collis + Elizabeth Comerford + Gary Coyle + Cora Cummins + Ann Marie Curran + Aoife Desmond + Jack Donovan + Rita Duffy + Michael Durand + Sarah Durcan + Clodagh Emoe + Simon English + Bridget Flannery + Joy Gerrard + Gib Gibbins + Richard Gorman + Paul Gregg + Stephen Gunning + Guggi + James Hanley + Janet Cruise Halpin + Jesse Jones + Seamus Heaney + Constanzo Idini + Mary Kelly + Doreen Kennedy + Desmond Kenny + Sonja Landweer + Gillian Lawler + Stephen Lawlor + Martin & Hobbs + Joan Hood + Katrina Maguire + Colin Martin + Bernadette Madden + Vincent Madden + Siobhan McDonald + Patrick McDonnell + Ross McDonnell + Eugene McGowan + Bea McMahon + Kate Miller + Jackie Mitchell + Ida Mitrani + Peter Monaghan + John Moore + William Mulhall + Makiko Nakamura + Mick O’Dea + Eamonn O'Doherty + Perry Ogden + Linda O’Keeffe + Amy O’Riordan + Rebecca Peart + Geroge Potter + Ben Readman + Pauline Rowan + Krisztina Rozanich + Mai Ryan + Nick Seymour + Dan Shipsides + Constance Short + John Noel Smith + Sara-Kate Swan + Sergey Talichkin + Mari Terauchi + Cara Thorpe + Clea van der Grijn + Stephen Vaughan + Sarah Walker + Kenneth WebbLee Welch + Louise West + MJ Whelan + Orla Whelan + Oliver Whelan + Charlie Whisker + Akiyo Yamamoto

So how can you help? You might be interesting in coming along on 15 June to Adam's Fine Art Auctioneers, on St Stephen's Green, Dublin, to donate your hard-earned cash to a very worthy cause, and receive a fabulous work of art in return! There will be something for the beginner and the seasoned collector alike. Artworks will be starting from only 200 euro. The viewing will take place on the Tuesday 14 June from 10am to 7pm.

I acknowledge that artists and art dealers are growing more and more disillusioned by the model of the auction-as-fundraiser. An artist recently pointed out that accountants and stockbrokers don't get asked to donate their time in aid of charity, which I thought a very valid point. Nevertheless I've worked on this event for the last couple of months and I’m amazed and touched by the artists who have spoken to me directly about their own experiences with cancer. The generosity has been astonishing and I’d like to express my deep thanks and appreciation for everyone’s efforts. Cancer is a disease that touches so many lives. Each year, substantial funding is required to sustain existing research programmes, to fund new initiatives, and to make the lives of those affected by this disease a little more comfortable. Please dig deep!

For more information telephone Liz Aders on +353 1 679 7388, or after hours on +353 (0)87 672 1930, or e-mail liz@recirca.com . More information about Handbags & Gladrags: Art Auction & Exhibition and Handbags & Gladrags: Carnival Night on their website http://www.handbagsandgladrags.ie .