Over 40 creatives, makers, artists and sculptors were involved in the Art4Africa event, with more than 100 pieces of art being displayed for sale. Art work ranged from paintings of African and British wildlife, domestic pets, landscapes, city scenes and abstract art; sculptures of stags and horses, dogs, pigs and eagles, people and abstract figures; collages of African women; ceramics; jewellery; material bags; handmade cards. Every art and craft one can imagine was on show at this special exhibition. Many of the Art4Africa exhibitors involved have connections with Africa or have visited various parts of the continent.
While volunteering in Tanzania, Olivia Faulkner decided to start Rise Africa UK, a charity to help disadvantaged children in rural villages with their education. The Faulkner family decided to create Art4Africa to raise funds for the charity. The idea was to transform their beautiful home and gardens in Keysoe, Bedfordshire, UK into an art gallery and open it to the general public for 4 days this June.
The event ran from 16 to 19 June 2016 and raised over £10000 for Rise Africa UK. BBC Look East reported the event, which made local news.
I am so proud to have had the opportunity to be involved in such an amazing exhibition, and exhibited some of my wildlife, dog and abstract work.