4th July 2023

    Great cause brings art community and supporters together

    On Saturday 1st July, Pilgrims Hospices, held the 100 Pieces of Art, charity auction.  Early indications, show the event will raise an incredible £8,000 for local hospice care.  Held at the Anthony Giles Studio in Margate, visitors, artists and those who had donated, came together, to experience the excitement of a charity auction.

    Karen Kenward, Pilgrims Community Fundraising Manager said: “It has been very exciting to collaborate with Anthony Giles; his studio was a perfect venue and location to showcase the wonderful pieces of artwork so generously donated.

    “Visitors came to view the collection throughout the week prior to the auction, which started at 1pm on Saturday. Auctioneer, James Linington, from The Canterbury Auction Galleries; whose presence brought wonderful charm, humour to the day, and delight when bringing down the gavel marking the end of bidding on an item, and congratulating the winning bidders. The sense of accomplishment for the successful bidders was often shared and celebrated by the audience.”

    The auction included a diverse range of artwork and collectables donated by local, and some more prominent artists.  The afternoon brought some exciting moments, with the room filled by applause as the successful bidder was announced.  Bidders engaged in friendly competition, signalling their interest in an item and outbidding one another.

    Karen added: “People not only had the opportunity to add exceptional artwork to their collections, but also contributed to the important work of Pilgrims Hospices.

    “I would like to thank Anthony Giles and James Linington for their support throughout, it has been a fantastic way to raise funds for Pilgrims. The event was made special by the support of many Pilgrims volunteers, the Copy Shop printers, and most importantly, everyone who submitted art or generously made a bid.

    “Overall, the combination of lively bidding, the sound of auctioneer’s gavel, and the announcement of the winning bids created a thrilling atmosphere, that contributed to the excitement and enjoyment of the auction.

    “Thank you once again, we hope those who made a purchase, enjoy their art as much as we did in receiving it, and displaying it.”

    Each year Pilgrims Hospices give care and comfort to thousands of people in east Kent who are coming to terms with an illness that sadly cannot be cured.  The charity support patients to live life as well as possible until the very end, free from pain and distress.


    28th August 2018

    Famous photo to raise funds for Pilgrims

    Professional photographer and author, Matt Kent, has plans to auction his stunning photograph of musician Pete Townshend from The Who for Pilgrims Hospices.

    Matt has been a professional photographer since 2006, capturing many of the world’s leading artists; mainly musicians but also comedians, dancers and actors.

    He said: “I took this photograph of Pete Townshend of The Who in Osaka, Japan in 2004 during the band’s first ever visit to the country. I was working for Pete at the time and was lucky enough to travel to many countries with the band, spending time photographing, videoing and writing about their legendary live shows.

    “This was one of my favourite shots from the tour and I know that Pete likes it too as he uses a black and white version as one of his promo shots, which is sent out to fans. Pete signed four copies of the photo for me and I have sold them over the years for various charities.

    This was one of my favourite shots from the tour and I know that Pete likes it too.

    Matt Kent, photographer

    “This is the last one to be sold and I’m really glad that it is being sold to raise money for such a great charity as Pilgrims Hospices.

    “It forms part of an exhibition I have coming up in Herne Bay. The framed photo will be on display and available to buy at the exhibition, which takes place at Beach Creative, Beach Street, Herne Bay from 27 August until 2 September. The image is framed and the framed size is 50 x 40 cm.”

    Matt’s main photographic interest is live music: “I love the challenge of capturing the artist in the midst of performance, often with difficult and changeable lighting. I do also really enjoy shooting other areas of entertainment, particularly ballet, theatre and TV / radio specials. I’m always looking for new ideas that spark my imagination and I love working with new talent”, he added.

    Visit Matt’s exhibition at Beach Creative or view some of his amazing work at www.mattkent.photography.

    Thank you to Matt for thinking of Pilgrims Hospices; we are sure the photograph will generate lots of interest.

    Each year Pilgrims supports hundreds of local people coping with a life limiting illness and their families. The charity offers a range of services: from end of life care given on its wards, to its Wellbeing and Social Programme supporting people after they are diagnosed to live well and stay independent.

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