The Art of Kindness, a new fund-raising event for the Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge, is an exhibition of work by professional and amateur artists, at Castle Hill House, Bimport, Shaftesbury, on September 21.

Professional and amateur artists in the North Dorset area have been invited to submit pictures, in any medium, on 14-inch square canvasses, supplied by the Friends. The theme is The Art of Kindness, which can be interpreted in any way the artist chooses.

The closing date for entries, to be handed in to Castle Hill House, Bimport, Shaftesbury, is Saturday, September 14.

The public exhibition is at Castle Hill House from 11am to 4pm, and visitors can take part in a silent auction for the painting of their choice. The 10 best paintings will be selected by a panel of three arts professionals.

At a reception in the evening, the 10 paintings will be auctioned by Richard Bromell, director of Charterhouse Auctioneers at Sherborne, giving his services to support the Friends’ work.

Artists would like to enter a work for the exhibition should contact Fiona Oliver, one of the Friends’ trustees, on 07766 223498.

Why help the Women’s Refuge?

Sara Jacson, who chairs the Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge, stressed why the work of the refuge is so important: “A woman coming into the refuge will have endured on average 45 incidents of domestic abuse before asking for help. Typically, she will arrive with virtually nothing for herself, but sufficient for any children – they are her first priority.

“The Friends ensure there is a welcome pack in each of the 10 self-contained flats, food for a day, weekly fruit for all the children, swimming tickets, outings, a well stocked play room and, when women leave after six months for a new settled life, a grant to help them set up home again.

“By taking part in this competition, you will help us to help women escaping the most hateful crime, hidden behind closed doors.”

  •  For more information on The Art of Kindness and the work of the Friends of North Dorset Women’s Refuge, contact Fiona Oliver on 07766 223498.

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