'My Favourite Tree' - Art and Ecology Auction

PUBLISHED: 12:19 09 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:08 20 February 2013

'My Favourite Tree' - Art and Ecology Auction

'My Favourite Tree' - Art and Ecology Auction

The Centre for Contemporary Art in the Natural World will be holding an art auction on Monday 26 March at 7.30 pm, at the Centre in Haldon Forest Park.

TheCentre for Contemporary Art in the Natural Worldwill be holding an art auction on Monday 26 March at 7.30 pm, at the Centre in Haldon Forest Park.

An exclusive selection of beautiful artworks generously donated by around 35 emerging and established artists will feature in a special exhibition on display to the public from the 3 March prior to the auction.

The leading artists have generously donated work, selected by the arts charity, on the theme of My Favourite Tree to conclude the CCANWsyear-long Tree Cultureprogramme and help raise much needed funds for their educational programming.

Booking for the auction is essential.

The Auction is by prior booking only (info@ccanw.co.ukor 01392 832277), but CCANW can accept absentee or telephone bids.You can come see the works at the gallery three weeks prior to the auction and leave a sealed bid at the Centre if you see something you cant bear to live without.

You can also peruse the exhibits online from 3 March at http://www.ccanw.co.uk/ and send an email to info@ccanw.co.uk, stating the lot number, your name, address and maximum bid amount. There is no reserve on the lots.

Throughout the Tree Culture year, CCANW held over 120 sessions with community groups, schools and the wider public helping them engage with the Centre, and the forest environment. They ran workshops and forest excursions for a broad range of visitors and created a particularly welcoming space for special needs schools as evidenced by many repeat visits. In addition, they held training sessions with educators, mental health practitioners and occupational health therapists.

The ideas behind much of the work was to show an understanding of the value of trees and the way they nourish us on many levels physically, emotionally and spiritually. The educational aim was to create a completely holistic visit, connecting with the natural world and exploring ideas of artistic representation within the gallery.

The proceeds from the auction willgo towards CCANWs busy 2012 education programme, which will involve thousands of people of all ages and abilities. This is anopportunity to own an original piece of art and support CCANWs educational programme in the forest, which is inspiring thousands of visitors, young and old, each year. Trees and forests have a hugely important place in our culture. We are excited about the forthcoming exhibition, not just as a fundraiser but also as an opportunity to showcase a wide range of beautiful work.Clive Adams, director, CCANW.

Many of the artists whose works are in the auction boast impressive international reputations such as leading British artists Peter Randall-Page, Susan Derges, Rosie Snell and Keith Rand.There will also be exciting donations from emerging designers such as James Otter and Andrea Stemmer whose elegant designs in wood were shown during CCANWs popularWonder Woodexhibition.

During the next year programme Games People Play, CCANW will be working to reach young people through work experience opportunities and other youth volunteer schemes through the County youth service. The project aligns very well with the objectives of the Olympic values which has been disseminated to schools.Workshops focussing on cooperative games and other activities will creatively explore these values in response to the exhibition.

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