Comic creators and fine artists rally in aid of charity “Self Harm Awareness for all” – auction launches later this month

Self Harm Awareness for al Charity Auction Poster 2021
Poster design by Laura Elizabeth

An upcoming art auction in aid of Barrow-based charity SAFA (the acronym for Self Harm Awareness for all) features numerous works by comic artists from across the UK, as well as many Cumbrian fine artists.

SAFA is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of individuals, in Cumbria, who self harm and to those who support them. Its primary goal is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own lives and they do this through non-judgmental counselling and trusting support.

A charity auction organised by local artist Sharon Tait, who also coordinated a similar recent event in aid of Dalton Leisure Centre, will launch online via ArtWorks, a dedicated Facebook group on Friday 23rd April at 9.00am.

Art donated by Peter Cave
Art donated by Peter Cave

Some 42 artists have kindly donated 94 pieces of work, including Martin Greenland, Bryan Talbot, Hunt Emerson, Elizabeth Shorrock, Marilyn Anne Hale, Lynda Gray, Fay Collins, Lucy Wickens, Lucy Sullivan, Martin Rowson, Jane Mallinson, Ray Victor Paul, Malcolm Casson and many more.

Art prints donated by Hunt Emerson
Art prints donated by Hunt Emerson
Art donated by Martin Rowson
Art donated by Martin Rowson
Art donated by Lucy Sullivan
Art donated by Lucy Sullivan

Every item offered will have its own post which will tell you the reserve price and you place a bid by commenting on the post. Your bid will be acknowledged that day.

The ArtWorks auction will also offer a special range of artwork called BUY NOW which will have a fixed price, items available from 23rd April -7th May. If you are the first to comment on a post with the message “buy now”, you will win the piece at the fixed price.

“No bidding, no waiting to see if you are outbid. You know you can afford it,” Sharon explains.

“We’re aiming to make artwork that is more affordable to everyone and prices will range from £10-30.”

On 8th May 2021, all items will then go to normal bidding rules.

There are already details of some great artworks on the group, and this art auction is another in a great cause that has attracted comic community support. Do check it out.

Check out all the art available on the ArtWorks Facebook group

Find out more about SAFA at safa-selfharm.com

SAFA is a Registered Charity: 1121122

Contributing artists include…

Hunt Emerson, Tim Leeson, Anna Palamar, Peter Cave, Joanne Worrall, Colin Bentham, Jack Webster, Lucy Sullivan, Phil Marshall, Helen Seth, Bryan Talbot, Diane Curwen, Martin Rowson, Debbie Mayes, Lucy Wickens, Ruth Green, Diane Meth-Cohn, Helen Devereux, Ray Green, Gillian Slater, Annie Guest, Keith Shorrock, Elizabeth Shorrock, Marianne Lusby, Martin Greenland, Emma Louise Wellens, David Green, Sally Bamber, Malcolm Casson, Laura Elizabeth, Marilyn Anne Hale, Fay Collins, Nicole Bates, Lynda Gray, Sarah Walkley, Denny Derbyshire, Sharon Tait, Ray Victor Paul, Jane Mallinson, Graham Twyford, Delcia McNeil, Phil Hopley, Ulverston Art House and Fay Powley @TP Framework

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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