Exhibition: Hare Styling – Original Art Raising Funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital
Heartbreak, 17 Bulstrode Street, London W1U 2JH. UK
16th April – 8th May 2011
By Guy Sangster Adams
Over 200 high profile figures including fashion designers, pop stars, actors, models, hairdressers, broadcasters, chefs, and artists, such as Stella McCartney, Paul Smith, Ronnie Wood, Sunday Girl, Cheryl Cole, Eliza Doolittle, Helena Bonham-Carter, Thandie Newton, Twiggy, Nicky Clarke, Jeremy Paxman, Jamie Oliver, Tracey Emin, and Jack Vettriano, have created unique artworks to raise funds for two new operating theatres at the preeminent London children’s hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Each canvas features their stylistic interpretation of an hare, many of which using the outline from an hare drawn by 15 year old Angelica Van Clarke, who had a life-saving operation at GOSH when she was just two days old. The Hare Styling event has been created by Angelica’s father, hairdresser Michael Van Clarke and designer Karen Welman, and is one of the initiatives of the HAIRraising appeal, which was launched in 2010 by leading members of the hairdressing community, including Van Clarke, Nicky Clarke, Charles Worthington, Daniel Galvin, Andrew Barton and Trevor Sorbie. HAIRraising’s target is to raise £1 milllion for two new specialist neurosurgical operating theatres which will help treat 20 per cent more children requiring pioneering brain surgery.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity needs to raise £50 million a year to help rebuild and refurbish Great Ormond Street Hospital, provide vital up-to-date equipment and fund research into better treatments for the children. The hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals with the broadest range of dedicated, children’s healthcare specialists under one roof in the UK. The hospital’s pioneering research and treatment gives hope to children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions.
All the Hare Styling artworks will be sold by auction and online bidding opens on 14th April 2011 at Giving Lots www.givinglots.co.uk. The sale continues for six weeks, culminating with the Hare Ball a glittering evening of entertainment and fundraising at The Dorchester Hotel, London on 26th May 2011, at which 20 of the top canvases will be sold at a live auction. Both online bidding and ticket applications for the Hare Ball are open to everyone (for more information, please see the links at the foot of this article).
Heartbreak, which is sponsoring and hosting the Hare Styling exhibition, is a new gallery based in a six storey townhouse in the Marylebone area of London. The gallery offers an holistic approach, both representing and publishing the work of their artists, designers, and photographers in-house.