Fundraising art auction for Power of Women charity goes live

Auction piece: Sam Lairdon-Zuan Undercity

Thanet-based arts charity Power of Women has launched an auction to fundraise for its work in the community.

More than 40 artworks have been donated by artists and are available to bid on from now until midday on Sunday (November 20). All money raised will support POW’s work with schools, community groups and events for the public in Thanet.

POW team members say they are aware how challenging the last three years have been for the Thanet community with the impact of Covid and now the cost of living crisis but they have been blown away by the generosity of local artists who have donated artworks for the sale.

Lions Mane in Walpole Bay by Rebecca Douglas

Those with work featuring in the auction include internationally renowned artists, students and recent graduates, and people who create for their own enjoyment including youngsters.

To bid on an artwork, scroll through POW’s Jumblebee auction page, select the piece you’d like to bid on, type in your top price and click ‘Bid’.

Explore the Art Auction here:

Luke Lancaster ‘On a Fine Rainy Day’

This year POW’s Engagement team have run 27 sessions in the local community, engaging with 6 schools and colleges in Thanet, 400 pupils and students, and 20 members of community groups.

They have worked with partners including Copperfields Retirement Home, East Kent Mencap, Inspiration Creative, People Dem Collective, Ramsgate Scouts, The Zone & Pavilion Youth and Community Centre, United Mothers, Margate Women’s Institute, Beach Creative, Margate, Open School East, Newington Community Centre and Ageless Thanet.

Jemma Channing ‘This is your cat on drugs’

The POW team have run projects exploring gender equality in primary schools with their Inspiring Women – Inspiring Windows project resulting in an exhibition of 70 children’s drawings at Turner Contemporary.

POW offered a platform for 10-26 year olds in their Youth Arts Trail and their Young Producers project offered Broadstairs College creative industries students mentoring and arts industry professional workshops enabling 45 young people to gain arts industry experience.

Leigh Price ‘The Beatles’

The Lantern workshops for POW’s last festival, in partnership with Beyond the Page and Wantsum Arts, offered community groups and over 100 people in their networks the chance to learn the craft of lantern making and be part of the POW opening procession

See the art up close

Exhibition at Hotel Michele until Saturday 19th November

Each year, POW’s Art Auction includes an in person exhibition, so members of the public can experience the artworks in real life before they bid. This year the POW Art Auction exhibition will be at Hotel Michele in Northdown Road in Cliftonville from Thursday 17th November to Saturday 19th November and is free entry.

Exhibition opening times:

Friday 18th November, 10am – 5pm

Saturday 19th November, 10am – 5pm

Hotel Michele, 231 Northdown Rd, Cliftonville


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