26 Aug, 2009

Art across the Spectrum

Posted by: admin In: Creative Review

The likes of Stella Vine, Damien Hirst, Rankin and Stephen Wiltshire (whose view of London is shown above) have all donated work for SpectrumArt 2009, an auction to raise funds for the Cornish charity working with those affected by autistic spectrum disorders

Spectrum was formed in 1982 – originally as the Devon and Cornwall Autistic Community Trust based in a converted rectory near Truro with a staff of eleven.  The charity now helps almost 100 people from around the UK, with 23 homes in Cornwall, a special school and almost 400 staff. It also operates the Art Ark, a converted water-barge moored alongside a quay in Penryn, near Falmouth, where artists such as Stella Vine have run workshops with people with ASDs.

This year’s SpectrumArt auction, which has the theme of communication, will take place on October 31 at the Headland Hotel in Newquay. Among the donated works are ‘Flight Officer Maureen Dunlop’, a print by Stella Vine in tribute to a pilot of the Air Transport Auxiliary in World War Two.

Hello Hello by Rankin (taking the ‘communication’ theme somewhat literally)

Chris Levine’s Chris Levine Lightness of Being image of the Queen

And this tryptich from Paul McGowan, working with illustrators Mark Lascelles Thornton and Michael Cole and photographer Chris Stocker. The piece was inspired by a genuine Dartmoor Prison door which had been graffitied by prisoners and which McGowan had at his studio.

Tickets for the auction are £50 which includes dinner. Contact Jasmine Grigg, Art Project Leader, at Spectrum on 01326 371016

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