Aberdeen children’s art inspired by home to be auctioned off for Charlie House Big Build

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Artwork created by children is to be auctioned off for an Aberdeen charity project.

Aberdeen firm Mattioli Woods is one of a number of teams taking part in Venture 2019, which aims to raise as much money in eight weeks from £100 gifted by employers to benefit children’s charity Charlie House.

It is already a supporter of Charlie House, and sponsors its mascot Charlie Dog.

The team of six chose a creative route in deciding how best to raise funds for the charity, which supports children, babies and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

Part of the canvas

As part of the programme, artwork drawn by the children of Charlie House themselves will be curated into a large canvas, which will be auctioned at a later date.

Team member George Gray said: “One of my colleagues had purchased an artwork at auction. When it arrived at the office, we thought ‘Why don’t we get the children of Charlie House to create some artwork?’

“The more we talked about it, the more the idea started to develop.

“We decided to do one big image made up of lots of individual images, which they have put together themselves.”

Children, siblings and parents who are supported by Charlie House created the artwork, which was inspired by the theme ‘home’ and what it meant to them.

George said: “We got them paint and brushes and encouraged them to get creative.

“We asked them to draw what is close to them, and what they think of when they think of home. We had a little bit of help from Albyn nursery as well.”

Justin Grant, Wendy Atkinson, George Gray, April Ritchie and David Gibson

The firm is working with FortyTwo Studio, who are producing the final image.

The drawings are to be used to make up landmark sights of Aberdeen.

George said: “The idea is that the image will be a big canvas, which will depict Aberdeen-based landmarks. We’ll get it on display and it will be auctioned off.”

“It’s a large awareness campaign, we want people to know about Charlie House,” George added.

“The ultimate goal would be if someone bought it and donated it back to Charlie House, but we can only hope.

“There’ll be nothing like it, it’s a one-of-a-kind image.

“We’re very excited about it.”

It is hoped the canvas will go on display at Charlie House’s new ReCHarge cafe, which is set to open in the Bon Accord Centre. More information on the auction is to be released once the final canvas is finished.

What is Venture 2019?

Venture, an Apprentice-style challenge, is taking place to raise money for Charlie House’s Big Build Appeal.

The judging panel is to include local entrepreneur Bob Keiller, with one of the prizes tickets to attend his Effective Business Storytelling workshop.

Each ticket is valued at £1,000 per person.

There will be one team crowned winner, as well as additional accolades, such as most supportive team lead, most innovative fundraising idea, greatest team spirit and best business plan.

Who is taking part?

SAS Who Dares Wins champion Louise to help Aberdeen charity’s fundraising efforts

Apprentice-style competition to raise money for Aberdeen charity Charlie House

Unique Aberdeen colouring book to help raise funds for Charlie House project

How will the funds be used?

Cash raised from Venture will go towards supporting Charlie House’s plans to build a state-of-the-art specialist support centre in Aberdeen.

Charlie House launches £8 million appeal to build specialist care centre for north-east children

Set in four acres of ground at Woodend Hospital, it would include eight children’s bedrooms with family accommodation, as well as a number of different facilities, including a craft room, teen den, sensory gardens and office space for employees.

The winner of Venture will be announced at a ceremony on March 28.