Apr 25th 2020
BID is a 24-hour online auction, which will officially launch on the evening of Friday 1st May via Jumblebee
To view works available (constantly updated as images come in and artists donate) please go to: jumblebee.co.uk/visualartsscotland
This auction will raise funds for the second round of the Emergency Art Workers Support Fund (EAWSF), following a successful first round which was generously supported by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust, Inches Carr Trust, Creative Edinburgh and Art North. EAWSF is a temporary relief fund that supports Creative Practitioners who have been impacted by COVID-19. It takes less than a week from the deadline for the funds to be transferred into the successful recipient’s bank account and as a result we have already helped 30 Creative Practitioners.
So far, it hasn’t been possible to award every person who needs this fund, so we were immediately excited when artist John Ayscough approached us with the auction idea. The generosity, solidarity and spirit of the artist community has been incredible in the face of this pandemic. We see BID as a perfect way to collaborate, share and platform artists’ work online, at the same time raising money to support those in need. ALL proceeds from the auction will be distributed through the EAWSF and the consequent support initiatives. Funds raised will join generous donations from Applied Arts Scotland and Panel, who are also supporting the second round of EAWSF.
Sarah Calmus our new VAS President says:
“We are extremely grateful for donations of unbelievable work to this auction from an incredible selection of artists such as Callum Innes, David Shrigley, Martin Boyce, Ross Sinclair, Christine Boreland, Kenny Hunter, Kristina Chan, Claire Barclay and Barry McGlashan. We feel BID and the EAWSF are real acts of creative solidarity and positivity at time where we clearly need to connect as a community more than ever. Artists supporting artists is alive and well. We hope it inspires people to support this cause so that we might help many more creatives and art workers facing difficult financial circumstances in these unprecedented times.”
Our participating artists so far:
Dan Wilson (Withered Hand)
John Beagles (and Ramsey)
Image features clockwise: Callum Innes, Andrew Mackenzie, Claire Barclay. David Shrigley