Whether it's giving back or paying it forward, we try to support as many great causes as we can through donations or sponsorship. Our Young Fine Artist programme encourages children from across the UK to participate in the arts, while our artists and staff regularly take part in fundraising opportunities. Read on for just a few examples of how we're making a difference.
We’re passionate about instilling our passion for art in the young generation. Our Young Fine Artist competition sees school children recreate work from their favourite artist at their local Castle Fine Art gallery. We teach them about the history of the artists, along with their inspirations and techniques – which then inspires pupils as they undergo their own art studies at school.
Previous winners include 11-year-old Sultanah Alghamdi from Pleasant Street Primary School in Liverpool, who created a fantastic representation of a piece by best-selling artist John Myatt. Her art was hung on the walls alongside Ronnie Wood and Bob Dylan, and she was presented with a certificate and a £100 voucher for Cass Art.
In August 2014, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, we released 'Never Forgotten' by British minaiture sculptor, Nic Joly.
The artist created this commemorative edition to honour the lives lost and sacrifices made, as well as raise funds for The Royal British Legion. To date, over £80,000 has been raised for the charity and the piece has touched the hearts of people around the world, with Nic receiving letters of thanks from as far afield as Canada, New Zealand and Japan.
In November 2018, to signify the end of the Great War, he released a follow-up: 'Golden Lives Never Forgotten'. The first ten artworks sold out within a record three hours, while the eleventh and final piece from the edition was auctioned to raise a further £3,200 for the Royal British Legion.
An ardent conservationist, Robert became involved with The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent in 2018 after watching the heart-warming BBC Two show, Big Cats About the House. After deciding to paint Maya’s portrait to raise money for the charity, he unveiled his creation that May – raising £2600 in the process.
Robert, who received a commendation from the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year panel in 2010, reveals: “I had the opportunity to get up close with big cats and feed them by hand. The most amazing thing was being able to show Maya her portrait and see her recognise herself!"
Find out more about Robert's animal adventures here.
Pictured: 1) Jon Jones' Peaky Blinders inspired original artworks delighted visitors at our Mailbox gallery, while the raffle of 'He Who Fights By The Sword' raised £6,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital 2) Our marketing team (including the guys!) donned red lipstick for International Women's Day 3) From leg waxes to onesies, shaving heads and face-painting, we got creative when it came to raising £1,000 for Children in Need 4) Staff rallied together to pack up boxes for the homeless for LoveBrum's 'Bags for Brummies' iniative 5) Some of us may not have ran since P.E at school, but we pulled on our trainers and braved the mud to raise £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.
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