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19 year-old Neath Port Talbot artist raffling artwork for sexual violence charity

Young professional artist, Caitlin Eve Derrick is raffling off a custom £400 landscape commission in aid of sexual violence charity Survivors UK.

Caitlin, who studied art at Afan College in Port Talbot became a full-time artist in 2019. Following a successful first solo exhibition ‘Flourish’ in October 2019, she has gone on to work with wildlife charity RSPB to promote their ‘Let Nature Sing’ campaign.

Now she is turning her landscape talents to support a cause close to her heart.

Caitlin said: “My artwork was able to gain following online during the pandemic as online shopping surged and I have now shipped my work internationally. And most excitingly in the coming weeks, I will be moving into my new studio space at Elysium Gallery Studios, Swansea, this will enable me to develop my practices further and get involved with Swansea’s art community.

“I have always felt that if I had a following then it would be my duty to use it to do good, that is why I contacted and teamed up with the RSPB for my first solo exhibition.

“The winter months of lockdown were hard for a lot of us, the days were dark, and we could no longer go out every day for a walk around the block because of the constant rain.

“The media was filled with anger in wake of the #reclaimourstreets movement and a lot of us were finding out for the first time, the scary statistics revolving around Sexual violence in the UK.

“My past experience and trauma resurfaced, and I spent days feeling lost with the world, disheartened by the events unfolding in media. I began researching ways I could help, and I came across The Survivors Trust. That is when I chose to use my talent for good, I contacted their fundraising officer and with their advice, I set up my raffle.

“This is not the first time I have chosen to work alongside a charity and will not be the last time, as long as I have a platform to use my voice then I will do so. I believe we all have the power to make a change.”

To support Caitlin’s raffle visit https://go.rallyup.com/caitlineveartistwales/Campaign

To find out more about Caitlin’s work, visit https://msha.ke/caitlineveartist/

(All images: Caitlin Eve Derrick)


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