Vout-O-Reenees Host Art Auction To Raise Awareness On Knife  Crime

Sophie Parkin Vout-O-Reenees

After the fire in Grenfell Tower happened, the arts club Vout-O-Reenees, in London’s East End, decided to raise money to help pay for therapy units and youth services until public money became available. Putting on a night of music, a tombola and an exhibition of artworks generously donated by artists and art dealers, the club raised almost £40,000.

At the upcoming auction at Vout-O-Reenees, we hope to raise enough money to be able to pay for pitches, an office, and a van for away game – Sophie Parkin

This year, Vout-O-Reenee’s is hoping to repeat – and exceed – that success with a new auction on 11 April,  featuring a roster of artists including work by such names as Peter Blake, Cathy De Monchaux, Adam Dant, John Claridge and Sarah Lucas.

It will be an amazing night of fun in London’s best Arts Club and who knows what amazing art you might get to take home a Nicola Hicks 1 metre tall Cat? A Gavin Turk , or Roxana Halls. All money goes to HackneyWickFc to pay for pitches and hopefully a minibus for away games. If we save one child from a life of gang violence you know its worth it. Come along, and bring your friends.

There’s a good reason for this event. As everyone should know by now, we’ve been struck by a growing crisis of gangs and knife violence, with the drug trade a big driver.  Last year was the highest since records began at 285 fatalities.

As the situation continues to intensify, it is not enough to lock children up. As a society, we need to present choices that are better than a life of crime. Bobby Kasanga founded Hackney Wick FC in 2015,An inspiring man, former gang member, who is leading a band of volunteers to help eradicate gang culture in East London, using sport. Bobby is now training 160 kids and 70 adults: a total of 16 youth teams and two adult teams.

HWFC is not permanently publically funded small grants, means Money is desperately needed.

At the upcoming auction at Vout-O-Reenees, we hope to raise enough money to be able to pay for pitches, an office, and perhaps even a van for away games. It helps that it has a brilliant selection of work by Molly Parkin, Patrick Hughes, Sophy Rickett, Cedric Christie, Gavin Turk, Cathy de Monchaux, Cate Halpin, Cedric Christie, Lily Dean, Paul Sakoilsky, Brian Dawn Chalkey, Kate Westbrook, Roxana Halls, Mervyn Syn, Jonny Hannah, Marty Thornton, Wilma Johnson, Colin Rhodes, Martin Richman, Geraldine Swayne, Keeler+Tornero, James Johnston, Julia Hamilton, Beverly Manson, Jennifer Binnie, Joe Sakoilsky, Mervyn Syn, Morganico, Sophie Parkin, Jorge Mondero, Geoff Brunell, Buttress and Snatch as well as Blake, Dant, Hicks, Claridge and Lucas.

The night of the auction will be fun with MC by cabaret artiste Eve Ferret singer

Baby Sol,  the ballet dancer Vanessa Fenton, actor Rufus Garrard and more. Visitors can view the works from the private view on Wed 3 April. With your help, we can start to change the lives of vulnerable children.

Opening bidding  Wed 3rd April 6-11 PV

Auction: 11 April 6-12. The suggested donation on the door is £20.

See eventbrite page Here

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Contact: Sophie Parkin  info@vout-o-reenees.com


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