Local talent brightening up the BD offices to raise money for local charities

By Blackdog - 2 years ago


Our very first Blackdog Charity Art Show ran from 1st November and culminated with an on-site gallery event on the evening of 12th November at BD HQ. We had guests from local businesses, the local college and of course our nominated charities SPACE and Earthworks St Albans. It was lovely to host the show and display the exhibits for people to come and view at the end of the auction.

Nicky Chaperlin from SPACE and Kate Mackay from Earthworks each gave talks during the evening, bringing home the importance of fundraising on a local level and giving more information about how they use the money to help fund the wonderful projects they do with the families and individuals they support.

Whilst it was exciting to see the huge explosion of artistic accomplishments, it was deeply humbling for us all to hear about the lives the money raised will help.

The submissions for the auction took many forms such as photography, acrylics, digital prints, pottery and freehand drawings. Art was donated to the show from Hertford Regional College, SPACE, Earthworks St Albans, Georgia Smith Art, Dave Shrimpton Vintage Photography, Donna Chamberlain and of course our own in-house talent.

Being our first auction, we really didn’t know how much we would raise, and so to announce the total of £1,140 is just amazing. The money will be split between the two charities, and we’ll be putting our thinking caps on for more fundraising ideas for 2022.

The overall response to the Charity Art Show has been incredible, not to mention the quality of the art donated; we have been blown away by the support from the local community and beyond.

Blackdog would like to thank everyone involved who made the Charity Art Show a success.


A few words from our charities…

Nicky Chaperlin, SPACE

The art auction was such a wonderful inclusive initiative that not only raised vital funds but also showcased local talent, including contributions from some of our families. It provided a wonderful platform for us to raise awareness and understanding within the community. Being able to raise the profile of the charity through such a great event means more families know about us and can access support. Without the help of amazing community fundraisers such as yourselves we couldn’t do what we do. Thank you so much.

Kate Mackay, Earthworks

We were so excited to be able to offer our Earthworkers and volunteers the chance to have their work featured in Blackdog’s art auction. Everyone who submitted art or who bid at the auction has raised funds that will help support people with learning disabilities through purposeful work and social activity in our eco-gardens. Thank you, Blackdog, for a brilliantly creative event!