There are 230 artists are participating this year, with highlights including: renowned Paraguayan artist Faith Wilding, known for her feminist performances and installations in the 70s, Dutch polemical artist Erik van Lieshout, British Anj Smith whose intricately rendered paintings explore issues of identity, eroticism, mortality, and fragility; critically acclaimed British artist Ryan Mosely who has recently taken part in the group show Radical Figures, Painting in the New Millennium at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and Saint Lucian born artist Winston Branch whose accolades include a Guggenheim fellowship and work held in the collections of many of the world’s top galleries including The Tate, Guggenheim, V&A and many more.
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The Winter Auction will focus on raising funds for the Hepatitis C Trust helpline, staffed entirely by people who have had hepatitis C. The helpline has become a key component to the Infected Blood Inquiry, an investigation launched to discover why infected blood products were being used to treat NHS patients prior 1992. Helpline manager Samantha May is compiling supporting evidence for the Inquiry based on statistics and commonalties received from calls made to the helpline. Calls made by patients who have received infected blood during transfusion, that has led to misdiagnosis and subsequently the discovery they have cirrhosis or liver cancer, is on the rise. Keeping up with these calls is now the first priority for the Trust.
“The helpline is one of the most difficult and important jobs at The Hepatitis C Trust and the Trust. In the coming months we expect to be inundated with calls as the Infected Blood Inquiry is set to be the largest Inquiry this country has seen and will certainly shine a light the thousands of people who’ve either lost their lives or had them incontrovertibly impaired. The generosity of the artists who contribute to the auction will go a long way to raising both awareness and funds and ensuring there are fewer unnecessary deaths of hepatitis C.” - Gemma Peppe, Founder and Curator – Art on a Postcard.