Works by established artists go on sale today to raise funds for an important legal challenge supported by the Weald Action Group.
Contributing artists including Ackroyd and Harvey, Merlyn Chesterman RE and Surrey-based Kiri Jones and Ali Tomlin are taking part in the sale, organised by Ann Stewart, which is found at artatwag.artweb.com
Work on sale includes paintings, woodcuts, photographic prints, ceramics and glassware, at prices ranging from £25 to £1,000. Artists will donate 33% of the sale price – and in some cases 100% – to the cause.
The sale will raise funds for the judicial review brought by Sarah Finch challenging Surrey County Council’s decision to allow a massive expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill in Surrey, at a time of climate emergency. The legal costs of the judicial review are £35,000. Sarah and the Weald Action Group have raised £30,000 already and need to raise the remaining £5,000. Read more about the judicial review.
Ann Stewart, organiser of the sale, said: “We are grateful that so many top artists responded to our invitation to get involved. We hope that the amazing works on sale will take our message out to new audiences and give art buyers an opportunity to contribute to our work to fight the climate emergency.”
Sarah Finch, who is fronting the legal challenge, said: “Thank you to all the artists who have contributed these beautiful pieces, and to everyone who buys them. This case is so important – our planning system is out of step with climate policy and the climate emergency and we need to stop new fossil fuels developments being permitted in the Weald and across the UK.”