Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Florence Trust Trustees Role

Posted in Florence Trust, News by Andy Wicks on 19 November, 2012

I’m delighted to announce that I have now joined the board of Trustees at the Florence Trust as Artist Trustee. Having gone through the program in 2010 – 2011 its a great honour to be asked back to play a part in the future of the Trust. I feel my time at the FT was a turning point in my practice, where my work developed considerably and I left with the confidence from the experience to continue onwards. This was down to a mix of the stunning St Saviours environment, a strong and close knit group of fellow artists and the time to push forward my practice. For this reason I was always willing to give something back, as it happens this role enables me be involved in the program in a more official capacity.

As a former residency artists I will act a link between the current studio artists and the board of Trustees, I will also be working on setting up the Alumni group to make the most of the large network of artists who have been through the residency. I have been working on the social media side of things, an area the Trust has so far resisted entering. We now have a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter account as well as a blog. These will be used to share information on the activities of the current studio artists both in and outside of the studios as well as alumni exhibitions.

There are many great stories of Florence Trust artist’s successes and I hope that through these new strands of communication we’ll be able to share them, in turn promoting a fantastic arts charity who 20 years in are still growing and helping artists from around the world develop their practices. I’m looking forward to using this role as an excuse to visit the studios more often, getting to know all the artists and have a hand in the future of the program.

Fri 8th April – Silent Auction for Japan relief fund

Posted in Exhibitions, News by Andy Wicks on 2 April, 2011

Myself and fellow Florence Trust Residency Artists have donated work to this great cause happening on Friday 8th April at Fold Gallery, near London Fields.

Silent Art Auction for Japan Relief

We need your help! Please come out and show your support for the victims of Japan!

Recent earthquakes, a tsunami and the ongoing Fukushima nuclear power Plant has devastated Japan and emotionally scared the millions who live there. The cleanup and recovery in Japan has only just begun but the country still has a long way to go before they can move on from these recent events.

They need our help more than ever. If only we could all fly over to bring them potable water, food and medical supplies, as well as help them with the daunting cleanup they still face.

Visiting Japan at this time is unrealistic for most of us. This raises the question: What can we do as Art Lovers to help? One thing we can do from London is hold a fundraiser. Even a small amount can help those who have lost their homes, their family members, their friends and their memories. With the support of London-based artists and Art Lovers we CAN do something.

In response to the crisis taking place in Japan, FOLD Gallery London will be holding a silent art auction on the 8th April 2011 from 6pm

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the British Red Cross, Japan Tsunami Appeal: Japan Relief which is helping earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Established and emerging London-based artists have generously contributed artwork to FOLD Gallery London’s art auction. Artists include Edward Allington, Sarah Pickering and many more.

For one night, you will have the opportunity to bid and take home original works of art donated by passionate artists! Come out, show your support and have fun!

Bids will start at £20 (those who just HAVE to have it can “Buy Now!” for £100)

Time schedule for April 8th

18.00 gallery opens / start bidding!

19.45 close bidding

20.00 successful bidder make donation / handing over the work to successful bidder

(Payment options: cash or internet donation by credit card)

Silent auctions have no auctioneer. Those interested in a piece will place their bid on paper.

Fold Gallery, 32 Fortescue Avenue, E8 3QB

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