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Art for Action

Irise / Art for Action

The Art for Action Auction winning ticket numbers are:

A28, B11, C16, D16, E10, F8, G13, H33, J2, K16, L13, & M36

Thanks to your fantastic response, we’ve raised an additional £1,309 towards our Coronavirus emergency appeal, that’s enough to fund 87 emergency packs in the UK and another 87 in Uganda.

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Tiff Chan (Kyokaruna, Arty Catalyste) and Shawn P. Griffin – “Bless the Souls who Made our Clothes”

The photo collages feature images of children who are forced to work at different stages of clothing manufacture – one group harvesting cotton in Burkina Faso, another in a factory in Bangladesh – juxtaposed with models representing major brands that are reportedly neglecting to meet their workers’ rights. Fashion consumption is often engaged in price, with next to no regard for the real conditions of the workers involved in the production of the fabric.  This piece won 2nd Runner up for the 2014 Human Rights Art Prize organised by the Justice Centre in Hong Kong, raising HK$10,500 for charity. 

@shawnpgriffin
Dimensions: 25.5 x 35cm each/ framing optional at a fee.

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The photo collages feature images of children who are forced to work at different stages of clothing manufacture – one group harvesting cotton in Burkina Faso, another in a factory in Bangladesh – juxtaposed with models representing major brands that are reportedly neglecting to meet their workers’ rights. Fashion consumption is often engaged in price, with next to no regard for the real conditions of the workers involved in the production of the fabric.  This piece won 2nd Runner up for the 2014 Human Rights Art Prize organised by the Justice Centre in Hong Kong, raising HK$10,500 for charity. 


“you can do anything you wanna do, be anyone you wanna be, as long as you have compassion for self and others. Compassion as an anchor for creativity”

 

Tiff Chan is a Hong kong-born multidisciplinary artist – an intermodal expressive arts therapist, a graduate from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art and pioneer of using art to help communities and generate empathy, each piece of Tiff’s work carries a story and compassion behind it. At the heart of all the different applications of her work is the theme ‘creative human potential’, and what the arts can offer in therapeutic discovery, healing, and for reaching new frontiers of awareness, consciousness, and experience


Shawn P. Griffin American born Shawn P. Griffin obtained his MFA in Photography from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong and has remained in the city ever since. He is an award-winning photographer whose clients have included Kate Spade New York, Lane Crawford/ Joyce Group, Raven + Rose, Song Saa Private Island, and whose work has been featured in exhibitions and publications across 4 continents. He also works in writing and performance, balancing work as an art journalist by day and a drag queen by night. He was recognized in 2017 as one of “Hong Kong’s 30 under 30” by Loop Magazine.

@shawnpgriffin
Dimensions: 25.5 x 35cm each/ framing optional at a fee. 

Materials: Series of archival inkjet prints on Hahnemühle pearl paper

Winning Ticket Number: F8

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“You can do anything you wanna do, be anyone you wanna be, as long as you have compassion for self and others. Compassion as an anchor for creativity”

Tiff Chan is a Hong kong-born multidisciplinary artist – an intermodal expressive arts therapist, a graduate from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art and pioneer of using art to help communities and generate empathy, each piece of Tiff’s work carries a story and compassion behind it. At the heart of all the different applications of her work is the theme ‘creative human potential’, and what the arts can offer in therapeutic discovery, healing, and for reaching new frontiers of awareness, consciousness, and experience.

Shawn P. Griffin American born Shawn P. Griffin obtained his MFA in Photography from The Savannah College of Art and Design in Hong Kong and has remained in the city ever since. He is an award-winning photographer whose clients have included Kate Spade New York, Lane Crawford/ Joyce Group, Raven + Rose, Song Saa Private Island, and whose work has been featured in exhibitions and publications across 4 continents. He also works in writing and performance, balancing work as an art journalist by day and a drag queen by night. He was recognized in 2017 as one of “Hong Kong’s 30 under 30” by Loop Magazine. 

Tamsin Fox – Unnamed

‘I am a proud woman of colour and am especially keen to show the beauty of diversity in my subjects’

The original photograph for this piece has an ethereal feel to it which Tamsin wanted to translate in the painting by keeping the strokes very loose. It was done with a combination of brush work and spreading paint with pieces of card. 

@tamthefox
Dimensions: 35.5 x 28 cm
Material: Acrylic on Card/ Unframed.

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Winning Ticket Number: M36

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Tamsin is a 23-year-old student and art enthusiast, who’s painting and drawing have been a passionate outlet from a very young age. Her work focuses on human form, taking inspiration from life drawing classes and photographers she admires.

Sadie Chandler – “The Bridge that Links Us”

For this piece, the brown represents the beautiful deep skin tones, and peach represents the, also beautiful, snowy skin tones. Sadie expresses the relevance of this during COVID with the worrying statistics regarding BAME people being of higher risk than their white counterparts. The red represents menstruation and the texture rough to display the pain, whilst the metallic gold represents its natural function, not “dirty”, but something that unites.

@coffeecatsandcacti
Dimensions:  8.27 x 11.69 inches, 2x 5.5 x 5.5 inches. 

Material: Acrylic on mixed media paper, mounted with paper border/ unframed.

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“Unity is always something we need but especially in times like these”

Sadie is a female artist from the north of England, passionate about feminism, helping vulnerable women and girls and creating equality. Sadie expresses this through her diverse artistic styles, as well as her experiences as a diasbled person and lesbian. 

Nilupa Yasmin – Unnamed

Expertly blending the arts of both photography and weaving, this piece is part of Nipula’s 2018 exhibition ‘A Walk Through Aston’, creating handwoven photographic tapestry marrying two images of tapestries made by the ladies of the house.

@nilupayasmin_/ www.nilupayasmin.com
Dimensions: 21cm x 20cm/ Unframed

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Birmingham born mixed-media artist Nilupa Yasmin draws on her experiences as a British-Bangladeshi Muslim woman to create pieces which hold an exploration of self-identity, along with cultural and anthropological meanings. Having graduated from university in just 2017, Yasmin has already hosted six solo exhibitions, participated in 11 group exhibits and is a part time lecturer at her alma mater, the University of Coventry.

Nicole Chui – “Padded Up (2017)”

“This was an interpretation of a period pad with period discharge on a man’s face. I was frustrated with the men I came across during that time who were really disrespectful about the effects that menstruation had on us women, so this was a reaction to tell them to stfu.”

@thatsewnicole
Dimensions: 14.8 x 9.8cm (portrait)
Material: Embroidery thread x print on matte photo paper/unframed

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Winning Ticket Number: J2

Nicole Chui – “Bloody Period (2020)”

“My constant fear is when you‘ve got a heavy flow that comes all of a sudden and are in the middle of nowhere. This piece was created on my heavy flow to help me cope with constantly fearing leaking in public. The cultural visibility of this has helped me accept and normalise things that were seen as a taboo in my upbringing.”

@thatsewnicole
Dimensions: 9.8 x 14.8cm (landscape)
Material: Embroidery thread x print on matte photo paper/unframed. 

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Nicole Chui is a 24 year old Hong Kong born, London based embroidery artist. Her body of work consists of original hand embroidered photographs and illustration pieces with portraits of faces and anything really. It’s messy, brash and disruptive. Generally, it’s a loud and humorous take on expressing exaggerated emotions from raging anger to feeling overjoyed. In 2018, Nicole took the leap to fully focus on her art, growing roster of clients including Nike, Converse, Gal-dem, Now gallery, and BBC. Last year, she was honoured by the Evening Standard as one of their chosen ’25 future faces 25 and under’ in the Progress 1000 list.

Melissa Asante – “Fetching Water”

Fetching Water was part of a collection that follows the story of a cactus. The cactus in Fetching water represents women that are able to survive in harsh environments just like most cacti species. It explores what is for some, every day, having to collect water to survive, the abstract lines representing sand and water and then the sun.

@efuacollage/ www.efuacollage.com
Dimensions: 42.0 x 59.4 cm (A2)
Material: Printed on Photo Rag 308 fine art paper/Unframed.

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Melissa Asante-Crook is a digital collage artist whose collages reflect the musings of everyday life, and challenges the mundane in an almost surreal way.

Isabella Newton – Unnamed

Womxn continue to face a societal minefield of judgement, sexualisation and censorship when it comes to our bodies. I want my art to celebrate womxn’s bodies, uncensored and unapologetic.”

This piece is a charcoal sketch, influenced by the styles of female sculptors Marie Madeleine Gautier and Lindsey de Ovies, and based on a bronze sculpture by Miguel Fernando Lopez (Milo).

@bells_newton
Dimensions:21.0 x 29.7cm (A4)
Material: paper on mount board/unframed

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As co-chair for Friends of Irise Sheffield, Bella has been focusing on how menstrual stigma and shame contributes to the stigmatisation and censorship of womxn’s bodies. She sees art as connecting womxn across geography, time and culture using her sketchy, abstract style to represent the strength, beauty and diversity of the femxle body.

Gina Dorothea/ “Pussy Power”

Loving the strong,  powerful, feminine beauty in yourself and all womxn everywhere is vital to unite womxn, especially in a world where comparison and competition based on appearance can be so detrimental to one’s own self-esteem.”

Dimensions: 29.7cm x 42.cm (A3)/Framed (Black)
@gdorotheaart

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Newly established artist Gina Dorothea explores feminine beauty for the female gaze. Predominantly working with digital art, she also uses acrylic and pencil mediums. The female form is the subject of most of her work, captured in casual, every day poses, to exhibit the natural elegance of femininity. Gina uses a color palette of nudes, reds and pinks, to represent the feminine’s innate softness with a subtly sexy, and powerful side. Her work encourages womxn to seek out these feminine parts in themselves and appreciate their own, as well as other women’s, innate beauty. 

Francesca de Bassa and Hélène Dedieu – “Bloom like a rose, be beautiful”

From The Anthology of Lithuanian Ethnoculture:
“…the mother having learned about her daughters first menstruation would slap the girl’s face and utter a ritual formula” “bloom like a rose, be beautiful” or similar words/ The ritual practice was intended to predestine the girl’s physiological development. It was believed that even the manner in which the act of slapping was performed could determine the duration of menstruation” (Jurkus n.d.).
London 2020.

@_Abordaje_/  http://www.francescadebassa.com/

Dimensions: 30cmx30cm
Material: Oil on cotton canvas and cotton threads/unframed

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“I haven’t changed the world yet but I keep on trying!”

Francesca has been in love with art her whole life. She started painting walls as a kid, doing street art as a teen, sculpting, making videos and printing during university and making films from then on. She studied Literature and Philosophy and specialised in Cinema and Animation. Since then she kept on writing and creating stories, experimenting styles and evolving her storytelling skills. I’m lucky enough to work in what I love and I keep on expanding my interests as much as I can.

Hélène is a visual designer and in her free time creates Abordaje. Abordaje is a new way of approaching embroidery. She makes handmade embroidered illustrations and jewellery which she tries to give a funny touch, a new pattern and many colours.Simple shapes as an eye, a heart or a boob are combined with singular details to take a more poetic dimension.

 

Eliza Williams (Doolittle Illustrations) – ‘Journey to growth and grounding’

This painting depicts a goddess like figure that has become one with nature. It represents a personal growth journey of self love and grounding. It is a reminder that in order to grow and become the best versions of ourselves we need to nurture and look after ourselves just like a plant needs to be cared for in order to grow. Self love can empower us and aid us in the journey of becoming who we want to be.

https://www.doolittleillustrations.com/work / @doolittleillustrations

Dimensions: 297mm x 420mm (A3)
Materials: Acrylic on paper/ unframed

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‘My work combines digital and traditional mediums, showing an illustrative view of the relationships between people and nature. Empowering people and showing life through my eyes.’

Eliza (aka Doolittle illustrations) is an artist and multidisciplinary creative based in Melbourne. Her work often reimagines retro aesthetics, in order to achieve futuristic design thinking. She expresses herself via digital illustration, painting, animation and print to create engaging and immersive experiences.