The Fishermen’s Mission, a national charity working with fishermen and their families, has launched ‘Catch of the Day’, an exciting new fundraising initiative.
A range of national artists and celebrities, including Fern Britton, Louis Walsh, Caroline Quentin and Jonathan Dimbleby, have given up their time to paint a ceramic sculpture in the shape of a fish. The ‘Catch of the Day’ sculpture stands around 40cm high and 30cm wide, and was cast in Stoke-on-Trent from an original made by Cornwall-based sculptor Peter Boex.
There are currently nearly 100 artists and celebrities who have agreed to paint or adorn a fish, glaze it and then return it to the Fishermen’s Mission HQ. Each completed fish will be individually photographed and displayed on a special auction page on The Fishermen’s Mission website in late May 2019.
The auction goes live on 16th May and will run until the 19th. All funds generated will help underpin the Fishermen’s Mission’s work supporting active and retired fishermen and their families. For every £1 raised from the sale of a ‘Catch of the Day’ fish, 88p will be spent on delivering emergency and welfare care to fishing families most in need.
The artists who have agreed to come on board are recognised locally and nationally, have exhibited in galleries and have a good online presence including social media.
From the beginning of March to the end of April, as many of the completed fish as possible will be displayed in prominent, reputable establishments all over the UK such as restaurants and community venues, where the fish can receive maximum exposure in order to ensure the success of the online auction.
Ann Charlish’s ‘Mono’ fish was inspired by a combination of textures found by the coast and her passion for printmaking. Patterns for the fish were inspired by her drawings and photography of textures found within the harbours and along the coast of Norfolk, and created using mono printing. Using this technique enabled the hand-drawn images to be transferred onto tissue paper to create a palette of textures and tones. Once dry, the pieces of tissue paper were applied to the body of the sculpture to explore the diversity of textures and patterns that can be found on many species of fish.
To find out if a ‘Catch of the Day’ will be displayed near you, or to bid for any of the beautifully decorated fish, visit: fishmishauction.org.uk