Rare Banksy items are among the items on offer in the fund-raising Friends Of Dalton Leisure Centre HeART Auction, which is crammed with art, graphic novels and other comic-related goodies, in an effort to keep the venue open in difficult times.
Dalton Leisure Centre – the only non-profit community run leisure centre in the UK, was built more than 35 years ago. It’s in urgent need of much repair and faces an uncertain future, a situation exacerbated by the Pandemic and a loss in income.
In response, the Centre is aiming to raise £20,000 through a buy-a-brick campaign and also through auctioning off dozens of unique artwork from talented local, national and international artists.
Thanks to connections with the comics community, many creators have donated artwork and books to raise funds in support of the community centre, including Charlie Adlard, Yomi Ayeni, Nick Brokenshire, Kate Charlesworth, Laura Watton-Davies, Jonathan Edwards, Phil Elliott, Inko, Marc Jackson, Chie Kutsuwada, Jessica Martin, Joe Matthews, Sean Phillips, Mark Stafford, Kev F. Sutherland, Donya Teagle, Jack Teagle, Simon Thorp, Dave Windett and many more. You can bid here on Facebook. (Please note, you need to join the Group to bid – and over 800 people have done).
Among the items donated are some rare items featuring the work of world-famous street artist Banksy, including a Postcard Print that has already attracted bids of over £500, offered with a letter of provenance from the collector donating this piece of artwork. (Banksy himself does not authenticate his work).
Monies raised specifically from the sale of this and other offered Banksy-related items – a sticker only given to people who bought a certain piece of art, a 2008 Banksy Cans Festival Programme – and a rare Limited Edition Blur Think Tank Guitar Tablature Book with a cover by Banksy, will also benefit another local charity, Self Harm Awareness for All (SAFA), based in Barrow.
SAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals who self-harm and to those who support them.
“We are so amazed by the response in donations,” says fundraiser and local artist Sharon Tait. “So much has been given, a second auction has been planned to be held on Facebook in the middle of March!”
The auction closes on Saturday 13th March 2021 – don’t miss out!
All monies raised will go to Dalton Leisure Centre, except for item 0/Banksy which will be shared with SAFA. To bid, comment under the artwork or item you wish to bid on. You will receive a reply saying your bid has been logged.
After the auction has ended, at the time of the last bid the highest bidder will be the winner.
Once you have won you will be contacted re: payment and postage options (which will be on top of your bid price)
HEART DONORS INCLUDE …
The artists and other creators who have donated artwork to the HeART auction raising funds to keep Dalton Leisure Centre afloat: Charlie Adlard, Faiqa Aslam, Grant Aspinall, Yomi Ayeni, Zoe Baker, Rachael Ball, Sally Bamber, Jamie Barnes, Jacqui Bassett, Nicole Bates, Geoff Beattie, Colin Bentham, Nick Brokenshire, Kate Charlesworth, Sara Charlesworth, Danny Clahane, Kate Davies, Laura Watton-Davies, Denny Derbyshire, Grimly Dix, Ben Dodgson, Jonathan Edwards, Phil Elliott, John Freeman, Caroline Gilfillan, Amanda Godden, Brian Gorman, Ray Green, Marilyn Anne Hale, Emily Hare, Inko, Marc Jackson, Sandra Keeley, Chie Kutsuwada, Tim Leeson, Kath Lockhart, Phil Marshall, Jessica Martin, Joe Matthews, Debbie Mayes, Sheila Mitton, Christine Montague, Nellie, Elizabeth Parker, Helen Pateman, Mark G Pennington, Janette Phillips, Sean Phillips, Gwen Ashworth Shackleton, Pat Shaw, Gillian Slater, Mark Stafford, Kev F. Sutherland, Donya Teagle, Jack Teagle, Simon Thomas, Simon Thorp, Cherrie Trelogan, Annie Luke Turner, Jack Webster, Jeremy Wharton, Dave Windett, Jill Woodhouse, Joanne Worrall – and local businesses M W Craven, Coniston Food, Coniston Fudge and more
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Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
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