Art for Ark's sake is a big draw

TWO Ark Cancer Centre Charity supporters teamed up for a great competition that resulted in an artistic treat for a lucky winner and two runners-up as well as a lockdown fundraising boost for the charity.

Laura Haystaff, owner of Ark Our Partner supporter The Topiary Salon, which has premises in Old Basing and Kingsclere Road, Basingstoke, and Basingstoke-based artist Sian Storey  organised the event which saw main winner Harry Coomber become the proud owner of Sian’s lovely painting ‘Kindred’.

‘Kindred’, which celebrates close family and the protectiveness that foxes feel for their young, has been on display in the award-winning hair salon in Old Basing, where Laura gave Sian the space to set up a pop-up art gallery while the salon remains closed during the current national lockdown.

Two hundred tickets were up for grabs for £5 each in the competition which saw 20 per cent of the total funds raised going to Ark.

Laura said: “Sian and I first met at the ‘Sitting With Jane’ bookbench event, for which Ark was the charity partner, in 2017.“I messaged Sian a couple of weeks ago and said that we have the empty space in the salon at present so would you like to use it for a pop-up gallery. It was a great opportunity to bring some light and sunshine to the village during lockdown, and to showcase Sian’s wonderful art, and it’s worked very well.

“The idea of someone being able to win a lovely work of art for just £5 and for us to support Ark seemed to be a good idea, and we are delighted that it clearly proved to be popular with people.”

Sian added: “The pop-up gallery has been a fantastic opportunity to still have work on display at such a challenging time. The competition was a great success and it has created a real buzz on social media.”

Amber McGuigan and Joanne Rose each won the runners-up prize of Sian’s painting ‘Selfless’ as well as gift vouchers from The Topiary Salon.

Mark Jones, Thanked Laura and Sian for supporting Ark through this competition, and also to everyone who bought tickets for the chance to win ‘Kindred’. Sian is a superb artist so it is no surprise that the 200 tickets were snapped up so quickly.