Rock n roll stars in exclusive Harrogate art raffle for charity

Record Shop by Pete McKee.
Record Shop by Pete McKee.
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A host of leading names from the world of art and music are contributing to a unique Harrogate art raffle for charity.

Artists featured in this exclusive event organised by Harrogate gallery RedHouse Originals include Goldie, Peter Doherty, Horace Panter of The Specials and Ian Skelly of The Coral, Pete McKee and Rolling Stones’ photographer Gered Mankowitz,

To be held later this month in aid of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the project was inspired by Andy Dennis, a friend of the gallery who has just returned from Sierra Leone where he was working with MSF in the fight against Ebola.

MSF is an international medical humanitarian organisation providing aid in nearly 80 countries which operates free of political, military and religious agendas, bringing impartial assistance to those most in need.

Andy said: “I worked for four weeks in the Ebola Management Centre in Kailahun in Sierra Leone at the end of last year. I looked into the eyes of frightened and sick people and know that without Médecins Sans Frontières they would have suffered and died alone. There were many tragedies in this time but also many successes. ”

The donated art pieces will go on display at RedHouse Originals gallery at 15 Cheltenham Mount in Harrogate from Monday, February 23 for a month - and also on the gallery’s website.

Raffle tickets will be available from the gallery in person and online, from Bean & Bud cafe on Commercial Street or by calling (01423) 884400.

This exciting project will come to a climax when the grand draw is made at Bean & Bud in Harrogate on Monday, March 23 at 6pm.

It’s not the first time this young two-man operation have come up with successful ideas in collaboration with other local groups to help freshen up the Harrogate arts scene.

Last year saw RedHouse link up with Poliform North to show off two large-scale public murals - a Tour de France-themed one by artist James Straffon and indie record shop paintings by Pete McKee.

The ‘godfather of Pop Art’, Sir Peter Blake even turned up at RedHouse in 2011 to open a major retrospective.

All proceeds from art raffle ticket will go directly to Médecins Sans Frontières.

The gallery would like to thank Bean & Bud, Harrogate Theatre, The Whole Picture Company, Printworks North and Harrogate Organisers for their support of this project.

www.redhouseoriginals.com