Art For Cure ‘BLOOM’ exhibition for The Blossom Appeal

Friday 5 to Sunday 21 March 2021

 

BLOOM, a botanically-themed virtual exhibition at www.artforcure.org.uk is bringing together 40 incredibly talented and exciting artists, sculptors, ceramicists and photographers. It will be live from Friday 5 to Sunday 21 March 2021 and is raising money exclusively for The Blossom Appeal: to build a new Breast Care Centre at Ipswich Hospital.

Curated by Art For Cure the exhibition will raise money through the commissions of all sold artwork. As well as range of art, there will be bespoke vase commissions from five leading, national ceramicist including international, Suffolk-based ceramicist Sophie Cook and Aldeburgh resident and ceramicist Cristina di Paola.

A stunning collection of outdoor sculpture at affordable prices for creating a magnificent garden highlight, selected by Art For Cure sculpture curators, Nick Crocker and Julia Scowsill complement this vibrant and varied exhibition.

The event will also include:

ART MASTERCLASSES: On Saturday 6 and 13 March there will be a host of exciting botanically-themed, one hour Zoom masterclasses at a cost of £20.

For example, Moss and Stone’s Brigitte Girling, a stylish East Anglian florist and teacher, will offer one of her highly acclaimed floristry classes and Thea Cutting, owner of perennially popular, Southwold located ceramic studio, Gallery Thea, will be demonstrating an enthralling ceramic art class for children and adults!

You can sign up for the masterclasses from mid February @ www.artforcure.org.uk

BOTANICAL RAFFLE: an incredible multi-prize raffle will take place on the exhibition closing night of Sunday 21 March. Tickets available mid-February from www.artforcure.org.uk

Art For Cure is without precedent in selling and commissioning original artworks from established and emerging artists solely in aid of breast cancer research and support to breast cancer services.

Having already raised an astonishing £830k since 2014 it has rapidly become one of the most successful charities in East Anglia and on target to hit total fundraising of £million this year!

Belinda Gray founded the charity in 2014 after her own battle with breast cancer aged 46. After a year of treatment she opened up her house and garden, removing all the furniture to stage a fundraising art exhibition for national breast cancer research and raised over £100k in a weekend. Art For Cure was born and continues to remain a non-profit making, grant-giving charity, non-salaried and with an incredible creative event team, an army of exhibition volunteers and a team of commercially experienced and medical trustees.

Belinda said: “Despite all the restrictions we are being faced with preventing our exciting exhibitions in Suffolk private houses and London galleries we are forging ahead with great vigour and determination and have curated for our first show this year, an incredible selection of art, sculpture and ceramics to buy online, widening our network of art lovers nationally and internationally.”

The new, state-of-the-art £5.3 million Breast Care Centre at Ipswich Hospital, will bring together all elements of breast care under one roof – the breast clinic, the imaging department and breast screening for the first time. It will make visiting easier for patients and provide them with an environment to match the exceptionally high standards of care they already receive.

Over £4 million has already been secured towards the overall cost through donations to The Blossom Appeal run by Colchester & Ipswich Hospital’s Charity and NHS funding from East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, who run Ipswich Hospital.

Planning approval has been granted and now the race is on to raise the final £1.2 million to make ensure every breast care patient will have the best possible experience when they come to hospital.

Paul Fenton, Director of Estates and Facilities at ESNEFT, said: “It is great news for Suffolk that this build can go ahead. The new centre will be spacious, calming and fit to house state-of-the-art healthcare, and will make such a big difference to our patients.”

The Breast Care Centre is due to open in 2022.