Artist Maggi Hambling donates painting in aid of Ipswich special school

Sunrise by Maggi Hambling will go on auction with money raised going towards a children's charity

Sunrise, by Maggi Hambling, will go on auction - with money raised going towards children's charity GeeWizz - Credit: Maggi Hambling

Artist Maggi Hambling has donated a painting for an auction to raise money for Suffolk children's charity GeeWizz.

Hambling, famous for creating the Scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach and the controversial Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft in London, has donated the striking Sunrise artwork for the sale.

File photo dated 14/10/20 of British artist Maggi Hambling who has said she was "surprised" by criti

Maggi Hambling is famous for her Scallop sculpture on Aldeburgh beach - Credit: PA

Money raised will go towards a revamp at the playground of Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy, which GeeWizz is paying for.

The Ipswich special school, which caters for children with special educational needs and disabilities, is in need of a new playground because the current one is not wheelchair-friendly.

An impression of the new playground at the Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy Picture: RICHARD WILKINSON

An artist's impression of how the new playground at Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy would look - Credit: Archant

GeeWizz founder Gina Long said: "We are so very grateful to Maggi Hambling for donating her stunning painting to support the redevelopment of the playground.


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“In light of her strong personal connection with Suffolk, we are delighted that Sunrise will leave such an important, lasting legacy to help nurture creativity, especially at a time when it is so important for vulnerable children and young people to learn and play safely outdoors."

Last year, Hambling hit back at critics who said her statue celebrating feminist icon

Maggi Hambling's A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft has been unveiled on Newington Green, London, a

Hambling's statue in tribute to Mary Wollstonecraft caused some controversy - Credit: PA

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was “disrespectful” for depicting a woman naked.

Hambling, who was born in Sudbury and was schooled at Amberfield School in Nacton and the Ipswich School of Art, said her work was misunderstood.

Tickets for the auction are £20, or 11 tickets for £100.

To enter, click here.

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