We are pleased to be holding a very special art auction, giving people the opportunity to bid for unique ceramic masterpieces created by local artists and supporters.

Inspired by our 25th Anniversary campaign ‘Flight for Youth’ in 2019, which saw installations of ceramic butterflies at Holkham Hall and Norwich’s Assembly House, the Butterfly Art Auction features over 40 butterflies each with a unique and eye-catching design.

Money raised will support our work in Norfolk and Suffolk to bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence to local children, young people and families who are going through difficult times.

Whether it’s the prevention of youth homelessness, helping families to build stronger relationships or providing positive activities for young people with limited opportunities in life, our work brings hope, opportunity, stability and independence to the people we support.

The Benjamin Foundation’s Anna Ede explains more about the Butterfly Art Auction:

“There were so many beautiful ‘Paint your Own’ butterflies created during our anniversary celebrations last year that it inspired us to invite artists to design one of our butterflies in their own style that could be auctioned to raise money for our charity.”

The very first Artist to support the Butterfly Art Auction was Colin Self, who attended Norwich School of Art and his works are held in many collections including the Tate Gallery with The Tate Modern currently displaying his large black Hotdog sculpture.

Colin has created two butterflies for the auction and says: “The images happened in the end a bit like the life of a butterfly in a fleeting moment, spontaneously using spray colours and paint.”

Since then, many artists have supported the Butterfly Art Auction, including Norfolk-based Lucy Loveheart who works in watercolour and collage on hand-made recycled papers. Her popular paintings are adorned with glitter, stickers, hearts and flowers. Award winning West Norfolk artist, Louise Stebbing and David Dane, one of the biggest selling artists in print in the UK, have also supported the project by creating butterflies in their own unique styles.

A special Butterfly Art Preview event will be held on Saturday 7th March from 10am-3pm at The Crypt Gallery in in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral, which the public are invited to attend to view the artworks in person. After which the auction will be live online from Monday 9th March and will run for 7 days. All butterflies will have a starting price of £30 and money raised will support the charity’s work locally.

Anna concludes: “We are very grateful to have received fantastic support with over 40 butterflies from artists and supporters who were keen to be involved. We are thrilled by the selection of lots available for the public to bid on and we look forward to raising funds to bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence to local people who are going through difficult times.”

The auction will be live on Ebay from Monday 9th March and will run for 7 days. For more information and to view photographs of the ceramic butterflies, please visit: https://benjaminfoundation.co.uk/event/butterfly-art-auction/

I really enjoyed opening up my presents. Thank you so much.

A young person we look after in one of our accommodation centres

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