International Artists Support Pakistan Floods Appeal

11 March 2011

Julian Opie Untitled

Julian Opie Untitled, 2006. Silkscreen on paper, Courtesy The Artist and Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich.

When I heard about the disaster the question was simply; 'how I could help?' So I thought about supporting the appeal by organising an art auction 

Saira Lloyd

World famous artists have donated works for a University of Derby graduate's auction - to help flood victims in her home country of Pakistan.

Artists contributing include:

  • Grayson Perry - flamboyant winner of the Turner Prize in 2003
  • Martin Parr - contemporary photographer
  • Julian Opie - leading British artist and former trustee of the Tate, who is also known for working with recording artists Blur, U2 and Bryan Adams
  • Jeremy Deller - Turner Prize winner in 2004.

Their work will be auctioned at Déda Dance Theatre Chapel Street, Derby, on Saturday 19 March at 8pm.

Art and Design Masters' degree graduate Saira Lloyd from Bramcote Hills, Nottingham, graduated from the University of Derby in 2007. She decided to organise the fundraiser after watching the aftermath of the floods as they continued to wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people in Pakistan - the country where she lived until the age of ten.

An artist herself, Saira decided to contact artists, arts organisations and creative businesses asking them to donate a piece of work for an art auction - and she's had an incredible response.

Saira said: "When I heard about the disaster the question was simply; 'how I could help?' So I thought about supporting the appeal by organising an art auction.

"This situation holds particular resonance for me. As a child I remember witnessing earlier floods in Pakistan; seeing the devastation and futility of people as their homes and possessions were washed away by floodwaters.

"Their sense of helplessness and cries for help have stayed with me and although I couldn't do anything at the time, I felt impelled to make a small difference when the current catastrophe struck."

As soon as the appeal went out for artwork, responses came back, Grayson Perry being one of the first. Saira now has a collection of stunning pieces for the auction and has been deeply touched by the generosity of everyone who has offered their support.

Saira is also looking for local businesses, volunteers and artists to support the Arts Auction for Pakistan Floods Appeal event raising as much money as possible for the appeal.

She added: "Ordinary people are suffering because of this natural disaster. People we don't, and will never know, need the basic essentials of life just to get through the days ahead. The auction will give the opportunity for artists, and those who admire art, to contribute to the continuing efforts in Pakistan."

All profits from the auction will be donated to The Disasters Emergency Committee (Pakistan Appeal) which is helping to restore acceptable living conditions and prevent disease within local communities. Find out more about the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

Other artists who are supporting Saira's appeal include:

  • Clay Smith - award winning artist, based in the East Midlands. He said: "Natural disasters that hit our earth and harm our people have in recent history given us the opportunity to reach out across many cultures. I am very grateful to be given the chance to be part of something so worthwhile, by donating some artworks."

  • Maggie Cullen - Derbyshire based artist and former curator of Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood and Derby Museum. She said: "I was delighted to donate a piece of work for the arts auction for Pakistan Floods Appeal. I hope in a small way to help other people rebuild their lives after such a dreadful disaster."

  • Andrea Hadley-Johnson - Curator of Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

She said: "We're delighted to support this very worthwhile appeal. It's both refreshing and moving to see so many creative individuals and organisations pulling together to deliver support for the people of Pakistan."

Laura Ratcliffe, University of Derby Alumni Relations Officer, added: "The University of Derby is proud of all its graduates and Saira's enthusiasm shows why. We wish her every success with this worthwhile event."

Art lovers can bid for the artwork of their choice online at: www.artsauction.co.uk. They can also make a donation and buy tickets for the 'live' auction which takes place at 8pm on Saturday March 19 at Déda, Chapel Street, Derby, DE1 3GU. Award winning auctioneer Matthew Hilton, from Heb Chartered Surveyors, Nottingham, will be the auctioneer for the evening.

The artwork can be previewed from 3pm to 7.30pm that day in Studio Two at Déda, with a drinks reception afterwards.

For further information please contact Alumni Relations Officer, Laura Ratcliffe on telephone 01332 591368, mobile number 07768 091248 or email: l.ratcliffe@derby.ac.uk.

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