On Friday and Saturday 10th and 11th October 2014, St Hilda’s School in Harpenden organised an incredible art event for the benefit of ELoH. Pollyanna Hope, whose bravery has inspired the work of ELoH, goes to St Hilda’s and is a keen and able artist – her story inspired the school to become involved by putting on a unique and powerful event.
In the run up to the event, every child from Reception up to year VI took part and created wonderful pieces of art, working on several themes that related to ELoH’ work. The pupils used different techniques and all their pieces of art were framed for display. In total, the students created 163 artworks.
The school hall was transformed into a small gallery and each piece was hung to create a stunning visual display. Alongside the children’s work, local professional artists displayed their own pieces of work, too. It was a wonderful display which showcased the amazing talent of artists of all ages.
Once visitors had arrived on Friday, ELoH co-founder Sarah Hope gave a moving address speaking of the work of the charity and outlining how any money raised during the weekend would be used. Following Sarah’s speech, several professional artists, including David Trumble, were interviewed on stage in a ‘live chat’ by some of the pupils of year VI. The artists shared their experiences and views on their work and the work of those that had influenced them along the way.
Over the two days, many visitors came to St Hilda’s: parents, grandparents, pupils, ex pupils, staff, ex staff, members of the public and the Mayor of Harpenden as well as Annie Brewster (portfolio holder for St Albans District council for Sport, Leisure and Heritage).
All in all, the event raised a staggering £2,000 through the sale of artworks and donations towards refreshments. This is an incredible amount and we are very grateful to all those involved who helped make this possible!
Our special thanks goes to all the pupils of St Hilda’s who created pieces of art, to all the artists involved, to The Friends of St Hilda’s who provided drinks and refreshments throughout the event, to those local companies who donated wine and printed invites, and to Ms Godlee, then Head of St Hilda’s, and Ms Rigby, Head of Art at St Hilda’s. It was an incredible event that will make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable child amputees. Thank you very much!