A charity is auctioning unique pieces of art by local artists who have donated their paintings to help support survivors of sexual trauma.
For over 30 years, NEXUS NI have been offering counselling and support to those affected by sexual trauma and the charity is running an online art auction with some notable pieces of art up for grabs.
Works currently being auctioned include former shipyard worker Colin H Davidson’s personal reflection of an industrial view of his days working at Harland & Wolff. Colin left the shipyard aged 55 where he started as apprentice to take up a full-time career as an artist. Davidson’s work hangs in Belfast’s Titanic Hotel and in private collections in USA, Hong Kong and Australia. Colin’s piece for auction, ‘Floating out at H&W’, depicts the process of floating a near completed vessel out of the main dry dock, circa 1980s with bids starting from £300.
Two artists have taken the mountains of Mourne as their inspiration. College lecturer Mary Doran’s ‘A walk in the Mournes’ evokes her love and memories of landscapes and considers donating a painting to NEXUS as a privilege in order to improve lives. Mary’s painting will commence bidding at £250.
Meanwhile, Steven Hunsdale’s painting, ‘Mournes Wall’ reflects his passion for hiking. The wall was seen as a scar by many at the time of construction, but he can’t imagine the Mourne’s without the wall describing it as a ‘beautiful marriage between man and nature’. Steven had his own personal experience with trauma growing up and the work of NEXUS resonates deeply with him. Steven’s work will be attracting bids from £450.
Brenda Kelly, CEO at NEXUS NI said, ‘We had to come up with new innovative ways to raise funds and so we set about hosting our own online art auction to sell, initially, a couple of pieces. Through our network and the power of social media gradually more artists stepped forward to provide additional artworks for the auction and our staff have worked tirelessly to bring this fundraising concept to life.
‘We’ve had an incredible response from local artists donating their amazing works to help us continue our work. Although our physical doors may be closed, our services remain open supporting vulnerable clients at a time when they really need us most. The public have been motivated in snapping up beautiful original artworks and in turn helping raise funds when many of our fundraising events had to be cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.’
The pieces of art go live each Monday on NEXUS NI’s social media channels with bids being accepted to midnight on Sundays. The weekly auction will run until early August.