Pictures for The Beehive is raising funds for Diverse Abilities’ The Splash Appeal, a £1 million appeal to build a hydrotherapy pool for adults with profound physical and learning disabilities in Dorset.
- An unusual collection of contemporary art: with the likes of Catherine Goodman, Geoffrey Dashwood, Maggi Hambling and many more* under one roof, many of these artists have never exhibited together before, and all have kindly donated their works to be auctioned off at the end of the exhibition. Bids can be made in person, over the phone, and online in the week leading up to the event.
- Hosted by the Earl of Shaftesbury at St. Giles House: St. Giles House (Wimborne St. Giles, Dorset) fell into a period of disrepair following WW2. In 2010 the Earl of Shaftesbury embarked on a project to bring the house back to life. What started as a simple plan to move the family back into the house developed into a full five year restoration project that is still ongoing.
- The importance of increasing visibility of those with disabilities: Henrietta Young, curator and artist, is passionate about raising awareness for those with disabilities. Through volunteering at The Beehive, the day activity and therapy centre operated by Diverse Abilities where the hydrotherapy pool will be built, she has created a collection of portraits of the adults supported, which will also be on display within the exhibition.
- A return to fundraising events for charities: we all know why it’s been a difficult year, but fundraising events are back with a bang and it is our hope that this auction will help us well on the way to hitting our £1 million target in order to make the pool a reality.