Art for Cure is a wonderful charity that was founded two years ago, by Belinda Gray and Sally Ball , raising money for the care and cure of those with Breast Cancer.
Glemham Hall , set in 300 acres of glorious parkland, near Woodbridge in Suffolk, was the fabulous venue for the second Art for Cure exhibition, and has been held this May Bank Holiday weekend. And what an event.
Belinda and Sally and their team ,plus 250 volunteers for the weekend, have worked tirelessly for months, to ensure that this event was an amazingly fabulous place to visit, buy art and sculpture ,enjoy the Hall and the stunning gardens, and drink and dine at, and the sun shone too.
At the last count -and there is almost a day to go, they have taken over £200,000 in art sales alone. Over 70 invited artists have been showing the work with a portion of monies taken going to this great cause. On top of this there was the ticket-only ( and sold out immediately) fizz and canape-fuelled Private View on Friday night ,that we attended, and there is a fun, celebrity supported `Make your `Mark` painted canvasses (silent auction), with drawings by guests such as Dominic West, Judy Dench, Rick Stein and Director Sam Mendes. This great fund-raising idea captured the press and local TVs imagination ,and led to great PR: all kicked off with a canvas drawn by Ed Sheeran.
So the rest of the weekend had a pop up restaurant by Chef Peter Harrison, who also provided the delicious canapés for the Private View ,( we loved his with his beetroot-cured salmon for Art for Cure), afternoon tea, a marquee for childrens` art, and many other exciting things going on.
My husband artist Andrew Ruffhead ,had ten pieces of his work on sale, and I am happy to report that we have sold out! Good news for us and good news for Art For Cure.
A wonderful happy arty weekend. Belinda and Sally take a bow!