The Borough of Ealing Art Trail usually runs for two weekends each September, but this year you have the chance to take part in an online auction instead, with over 90 artists work on offer.
As well as supporting local artists and makers, a share of each lot will go to the Ealing Food Bank, so with each bid you are contributing to individual artists and their community too.
Sarah, Stella and Vivien, as most BEAT artists taking part, have two lots for sale, including the above artworks.
The Ealing Food Bank opened in October 2013 to help local people finding themselves in food crisis. With client centres around the borough, people are referred to receive food, further advice and ongoing support.
During the 2020 pandemic, although all bar one of the centres had to close, the service was able to continue. The number of those needing help grew by over 400% in the first month. In one week alone 999 people received food for three meals for three days. And a record 11,496 three-day meals parcels were given out between 1 April – 21 July 2020.
The organisation is reliant on the support it receives in food and financial donations, as well as on the volunteers who give their time and expertise. Without this, it would not be able to carry on helping those who are in desperate need.
Although it’s impossible for BEAT artists to open the doors of their home studios to the hundreds of visitors who traditionally visit each year, Stella and Sarah are happy to meet those looking to discuss portrait – or seascape – commissions from photos in local Ealing cafes. They are also happy to bring a few samples of work in the frame for potential commissioners to view.
To find out more about their – and Vivien’s commissioning process click here.