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Shelter Cymru Art Auction Launches Online

Shelter Cymru’s annual art auction is now live, taking place online this year for the first time, writes Alys Jones.

The unreserved auction offers a chance to bid on excellent Welsh art, knowing that the proceeds will allow Shelter Cymru to provide support to those facing homelessness.

Shelter Cymru has existed since 1981, offering free, independent and confidential advice to prevent people in Wales from losing their homes. Their solicitors offer legal advice to those facing eviction and repossession, and defend those who could lose their home. Shelter Cymru also campaigns for long-term policy improvements in the hope of eliminating homelessness.

Shelter Cymru’s art auctions began in 2002, with Welsh and Wales-based artists donating pieces to be auctioned. As all lots are donated, all profits go directly to the charity to support those facing homelessness. Whilst the auctions usually take place in auction houses, the charity has decided to hold their auction online this year. Bidding is open until 10am on Thursday September 20.

Over 40 pieces have been donated this year, some showcasing beauty across Wales, from John Frederick Cooper’s ‘Mumbles, Swansea’ to Glyn Price’s ‘Tren Bach yr Wyddfa’ (Snowdon’s Little Train). One piece from South Wales-based artist Paul Weston, ‘Morgan Arcade Cardiff’, is a familiar sight for many. Other pieces include Arnold Lowrey’s tranquill watercolour ‘Boatland’ and Gareth Parry’s dark, industrial ‘Low Tide Near Port Talbot (Docks & Industry)’.

As well as paintings, sculptures are available to bid on, including three wall-hung sculptures by otherworldly artist Bourdon Brindille. Carmarthen sculptor Sallie Wakley and kindly donated one of her ceramic sculptures, ‘Tiger’. Two stone-resin casts are also up for auction, donated by Helen Sinclair who has been working with sculpture for twenty years. There are a wide variety of pieces to bid on in this auction, which will raise money for an important cause.

To browse the lots and place a bid on Shelter Cymru’s art auction, click here.

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