30 'unbuyable' experiences up for grabs in online charity auction

Diving into the Ocean of Life by Dawn Conn

Diving into the Ocean of Life by Dawn Conn - Credit: Art for Cure

This weekend is your last opportunity to join two online auctions offering money-can't-buy items in a bid to raise money for Art for Cure - funding leading-edge breast cancer projects UK-wide, and supporting women living with the disease in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The registered charity presents the final two days of the Blue Sky exhibition today and tomorrow (May 29 and 30), with the opportunity to buy art, sculpture, photography, ceramics and prints from some of the UK's leading artists, including Guy Allen, Dawn Conn, Theronda Hoffman and Jacqui Pooley.

Alongside the closing of the event is the Blue Sky Big Draw, where a £10 ticket purchased online could win you a mini masterpiece created by one of the exhibitions contributors.

A further fundraising auction, the Great Create Experience Auction, has also gone live, with bids ending this Monday, May 31 at 8pm.

Thirty lots, generously donated by Art for Cure supporters, can be found at artforcure.org.uk offering new, fun, and largely art-based activities for individuals and groups to enjoy this summer. All money raised from this and the art raffle will go directly to the charity.

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Get creative with friends: Many of the experiences are for a group of two to eight people and could make a memorable day out for a family, a birthday treat or a special anniversary. Learn the art of floral styling with Brigitte Girling of Moss and Stone at her beautiful home on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Go on a private bird-watching tour with the High Sherriff of Suffolk, Edward Creasy. Or learn how to grow-your-own (with lunch, recipes, gardening advice and tips).  There is a sea-glass jewellery making. A session composing artwork on the banks of the river Deben with a leading artist. And event a private tour of the Beth Chatto Gardens.

Gallery Thea in Southwold

Spend a day painting ceramics at Gallery Thea - Credit: Gallery Thea

A Mooss and Stone floral arrangement

Learn the art of floral styling with Moss and Stone - Credit: Brigitte Girling

Artist Christopher Humphries painting by the river Deben in Suffolk

Spend a day painting on the river Deben with artist Christopher Humphries - Credit: Christopher Humphries

An East Anglian staycation: Bid on a week for eight to nine people (with a well-behaved dog) on the North Norfolk coast in the village of Binham. Or how about a stay in the New England-style beach house at Thorpeness,  ora long weekend in the Old Custom House in Aldeburgh?

Holiday home Binham Norfolk

Bid for a stay at this country home in Binham on the North Norfolk coast - Credit: Art for Cure

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A day at London's top galleries: Bid for a private tour of the Tate Modern with one of the institution's top conservators, gaining insight into the history and restoration of pieces along the way. Afterwards there's lunch at a leading tapas restaurant in Borough Market, before a trip to the summer exhibition at the Royal Academy. Alternatively, if you're a Hockney fan, bid to attend his new show at the R A Piccadilly with a five star afternoon tea for two. 

The truly 'unbuyables'

1. Spend a session with Ed Sheeran and Coldplay sound recordist Cenzo Townshend.

2. Cook a service with Dave Wall at The Unruly Pig in Suffolk, named this year as one of the top 10 gastropubs in the UK.

3. Spend a week's work experience at international property company Nuveen, learning the ropes from one of London's top agents.

Afternoon tea at the Duke's Hotel

View the new Hockney exhibition before having a luxury afternoon tea at London's Duke's Hotel - Credit: The Duke's Hotel


Art For Cure are a registered, national charity (no. 1175161) and are a non-profit making venture . Full details of the raffle, exhibition and auction can be found at artforcure.org.uk


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