Made in Spring – Charity Art Auction

Made in Spring LogoTaking place from Friday 30th March to Tuesday 3rd April, Made in Spring will be a collection of special events with a similar feel to its vibrant big-sister festival Made in Roath, an event Cardiff residents will recognise as one of the highlights of the area’s cultural calendar.

The weekend-long event boasts a diverse programme of events for the community to get involved in.  One of the highlights of the weekend will be the charity auction of “Two by Two,” a provocative painting from Welsh visual artist Sue Williams.

Previously nominated for the prestigious Artes Mundi prize, Sue Williams has enjoyed much commercial success and critical acclaim.  Her paintings can be seen in the National Museum & Galleries of Wales, National Assembly for Wales, Contemporary Art Society, South Glamorgan County Council, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in Swansea, and numerous private collections worldwide.

She has very generously allowed the sale of “Two by Two” to benefit the work of the Made in Roath community group.  Jen Pearce, Volunteer Creative Administrator for the group, pinpoints why this is such a unique event: “It will be so exciting to see Sue’s painting go to a good home for a good cause.”  The group will be partnering with local mental health charity Cardiff MIND for this event.

The auction will be held on Saturday 31st March at 2pm at The Gate Arts Centre in Keppoch Street.

With all the buzz of the auction room this promises to be an exciting, entertaining and electric event, with a private bar.

The painting was last seen hanging in the foyer of Cardiff arts venue The Gate in Autumn 2011, where it provoked much interest from the public and potential buyers.

The auction provides a one-off opportunity for admirers of the painting to enter into a bidding war in an attempt to own it for themselves, and give to a good cause in the process.

No commission will be added to or taken from the price achieved: all money will be split between the artist, Made in Roath, and Cardiff MIND.

Boyd Clack, writer, actor and Roath resident, captivated audiences at the launch of Made in Roath 2011 at The Gate, with readings from his successful book Kisses Sweeter than Wine.  Made in Spring will see him make a return to The Gate – he will be performing songs from his current album Labourer of Love and will also speak at the auction.

Pre-registration to bid and secure a good seat is recommended, please email madeinroath[at]gmail[dot]com to register.  There will be no charge to register or attend.

All are welcome to this exciting and unique event.

Image of ‘Two by Two’ – Sue Williams