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#Clapforcarers: Artists Make Masks and Teddies for NHS Heroes

Poignant: Wright has developed a unique style comprised of broad and expressive brushstrokes | McKAY WILLIAMSON

Clapping for carers is inspiring artists to create work to lift the spirits of frontline NHS healthcare workers and generate funds for hospitals leading the battle against the coronavirus. Paul Wright and Annie Tempest are among a group of leading artists creating art online, which will be auctioned with proceeds going to good causes.

Renowned painter and National Portrait Gallery exhibitor Paul Wright and iconic illustrator and sculptor Annie Tempest (creator of Country Life’s Tottering-by-Gently) are the first artists to be announced as part of ‘Fine Art Fever, an initiative to educate, inspire and fundraise. Sessions up to an hour in length will be broadcast live on YouTube.

The idea was inspired by Wright’s children moved by the now weekly Thursdays’ #clapforcarers where people across the country step outside their homes to applaud the nation’s healthcare heroes at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19.

Three-dimensional works: Tempest’s bronzes reveal the breadth and depth of her ability to communicate by hand | McKAY WILLIAMSON

The project is supported by their gallery, McKay Williamson. Founder Richard Williamson says: “Paul and Annie are national icons, and are being so generous with their time and wonderful ideas. They embody the nation’s positive response to this crisis and we know people will enjoy their live feeds, as well as being impressed by their amazing ability.”

Each piece will be auctioned off and funds raised will go to support the NHS, care workers, and the NSPCC. McKay Williamson will announce more top artists participating in the initiative.

Fine Art Fever will be live-streamed here on Thursday 9th April – 10am Annie Tempest & 2pm Paul Wright Thursday 16th April – 3pm Paul Wright

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