Aphra Behn Fundraising Auction 2022

 

Aphra Behn Fundraising Auction 2022

How to bid in the Aphra Behn statue Fundraising Auction

  1. Bid online from Monday 20 June to 17:00 (BST) on Friday 15 July 2022 for lots 1-15 (see below), including the four unique bronze maquettes of Aphra Behn commissioned from internationally renowned artists. To place your bid, click the ‘bid’ button next to your chosen lot, fill in the form and send it off.
  2. Bid live & by telephone during the fundraising dinner from 20.30 (BST) on Saturday 16 July 2022 for lots 1–7 only. The live auction will be conducted by celebrity auctioneer Charlie Ross (Bargain Hunt, Antiques Road Trip, etc).  To book a call for telephone bidding during the live auction, email auction@cantcommsoc.co.uk.
  3. Bid in silent auction for lots 8–15 by filling in a form at the dinner.

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LOT 1: Victoria Atkinson's Astrea

“Having learnt more about Aphra Behn and on reading some of her plays, poems and books, she strikes me as quite a formidable character. To have achieved what she did in her short lifetime and in that era is so remarkable. I wanted to portray this resilience in the pose, which is why I chose to have her standing in a slightly confrontational stance with her hand on her hip, holding two Carnival masks as a reference to her play The Rover and to the many characters she herself portrayed. The other hand reveals her writing in the folds of her dress.  As a nod to her roots in Canterbury, there are campanulas (Canterbury bells) on her shoes and her bodice.”

After training in the late 1980s at City and Guilds of London Art School, with its classical emphasis on life drawing and sculpture, Vicki has subsequently completed several commissioned bronze portraits. Her work has been exhibited through the British Isles and overseas. Group exhibitions include: the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Society of Portrait Sculptors FACE, and the Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries. In 2018, Burwash Parish Council commissioned her to produce a life-size statue of Rudyard Kipling, which was unveiled in 2019.

‘I’m always intrigued by shadows or ghost images of a person,’ she says. ‘When you close your eyes and think of someone, facial features often don’t emerge but their ‘essence/soul’ does.’

Please note: this is a scale maquette of the proposed final statue design. It is 40-50cm tall, cast in bronze.
Bids in excess of £4,500 only.

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LOT 2: Meredith Bergmann's The Untamed Heart

“To capture Aphra Behn’s mystery, complexity, and wit, I sculpted her standing boldly and gracefully, holding a mask away from her face and catching up part of her skirt with her other hand, in which she clasps a quill pen. Her layered clothing and masks reveal different aspects of her identity. Two elements refer to her gender fluidity: a snake beneath flowers (a symbol she used), and her leg is revealed to be wearing male clothing.

“She was famous for being able to write anywhere, so I’ve sculpted her having made notes on her skirt, which will introduce viewers to her poems and plays. Around her are tumbled masks of some of her characters. The mask she holds is a version of her face, expressing some of the privation and grief she knew in life, but her own face looks amused and delighted to be alive, observing us all.”

Meredith creates public monuments and sculptures that address the complexities of history, race, human rights, disabilities and the power of poetry and music. Her commissions include the 2021 FDR Hope Memorial for Roosevelt Island, NY, the 2020 Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument for New York City’s Central Park, the 2012 Memorial to September 11th in NYC’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2012, the 2003 Boston Women’s Memorial, and her portrait bust of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. She is an Elected Fellow of the [United States’] National Sculpture Society.

Please note: this is a scale maquette of the proposed final statue design. It is 40-50cm tall, cast in bronze.
Bids in excess of £4,500 only.

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LOT 3: Maurice Blik’s Mind Over Matter

“So often, women have been represented for their beauty and looks while their achievements are ignored. My proposal seeks to redress this by drawing attention to substance rather than style. The figure of Aphra Behn is essentially gestural and amorphous, still recognisable as female, but deliberately devoid of any particular fashion or historical reference. As well as adding to the mystery of her life story, the viewer is encouraged to consider the significance of this, perhaps investigating further. In contrast, clearly evident are the books, the literature, the work she has accomplished and for which she earned her reputation which is now confirmed in this memorial, establishing her as a timeless icon.”

Maurice was liberated from Bergen Belsen, where he was taken as a small child from his birthplace, Amsterdam. He worked as a teacher for many years until, in the 1980s, he finally came to terms his past and confronted the face of humanity he had witnessed. He then progressed to more figurative work in which the irrepressible joy of life and the destructive, impenetrable shadow of existence are held together in a struggling unity. He has exhibited the world over, has had many commissions and won numerous prizes and awards. In 1996 he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

Please note: this is a scale maquette of the proposed final statue design. It is 40-50cm tall, cast in bronze.
Bids in excess of £4,500 only.

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LOT 4: Christine Charlesworth’s Aphra Behn: Playwright, Poet, Pioneer

“The young Aphra Behn strides out, showing confidence, humour and intrigue, as Canterbury would have remembered her. My realistic figure is based on the only known authentic portrait of her. I hope that all Canterbury residents and visitors will relate to her, recognise her achievements and be eager to learn more.

“Clues around the figure represent the many facets of her life. An ink bottle and quill hanging from her waist indicate her readiness to write at any time. Her purse is embroidered with lines from her poem ‘To the Fair Clorinda’. In her right hand she holds a copy of her celebrated novel, Oroonoko. Behind her back she carries a carved theatre mask representing her playwriting, and secreted up her sleeve is a scroll, suggestive of her activity as a spy for Charles II.  The open scroll against her skirt contains the words of Virginia Woolf setting out the debt modern female writers owe to Aphra.”

Christine is a figurative and portrait sculptor who to date has delivered over 20 public commissions and completed more than 40 works for private clients.  She is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has won several awards. Her recent completed works include Greta Thunberg for the University of Winchester, the suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison for Epsom town centre, and the composer, Dame Ethel Smyth, for Woking.

Christine works to combine the character, spirit, and motivation of her subjects, together with a feeling of life and movement.

Please note: this is a scale maquette of the proposed final statue design. It is 40-50cm tall, cast in bronze.
Bids in excess of £4,500 only.

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LOT 5: Villa for a week on the sundrenched Greek island of Kefalonia

An elegant country villa with unparalleled panoramic views to the south and west over the sea and beautiful countryside, off the beaten track and built to catch the cooling breezes. Sleeps 6-10 on 2 separate floors. Private swimming Pool and large terrace. Suit 2 families. One hour from airport; close to busy fishing/sailing port of Fiskardo. Beaches, with fine tavernas 15-20 minutes’ walk. The week of 17-24 June 2023 has been reserved, but alternative dates may be available in consultation with the owners.

www.theolivetreekefalonia.co.uk

Generously made available by Mike & Helen Wagstaffe

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LOT 6: A week in a luxury one-bedroom apartment in Switzerland

Fully equipped (500 sq ft) in stunning all-year resort of Villars-sur-Ollon, SE of Montreux; under 2 hours by train/bus/ car from Geneva Airport www.villars-diablerets.ch/en/

5 mins to the main ski lift & town centre. Skiing, ice skating, hiking, 1st class swim/fitness complex, simple & Michelin restaurants. Dates by arrangement with owners who are happy to provide plenty of practical advice. 2 guests only (poss. young child), no pets or smoking.

Generously made available by Mike & Dominique Davis

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LOT 7: A pair of Centre Court tickets for the Ladies Wimbledon Final, 2023

An incredible chance to celebrate Aphra Behn by bidding for the treat of watching two modern powerful ladies in action. The pair of seats are together, with an excellent side-on view of the court. The tickets also include access to Wimbledon’s private debenture bar and dining opportunities. Debenture parking may also be available by arrangement.

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LOT 8: Week in seaside holiday apartment in Whitstable

The Captain’s View is a beautiful 3-bedroom apartment on historical Harbour Street in Whitstable. The apartment can sleep up to 6, with one king, one double and twin (or a further double) beds. The finish is of the highest quality and the apartment comes with use of a beach hut on the famous Tankerton Slopes.

Only a few minutes stroll from the sea, this apartment is right in the heart of town – perfect for enjoying Whitstable’s many top-end restaurants and traditional pubs. Dates by arrangement.

Generously made available by Chris Cornell.

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LOT 9: Hog roast for 100+ people

Ideal for a sumptuous summer outdoor party or the perfect Bonfire Night centrepiece.

Everything is provided, including preparation, cooking, serving, plates and cutlery.

Don’t miss this opportunity to win a full hog roast. Make your party or family gathering a memorable one.

Generously donated by Blackbird Caterers

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LOT 10: Three Vietnamese silk embroideries

Generously donated by Dr Mike Wain, who writes, “I bought these 10 years ago in Vietnam. The traditional craft of hand embroidery, dating back 700 years, uses tiny threads to create coloured pictures on cloth. Each image takes many weeks to complete.”

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LOT 11: Wow at One Pound Lane and Westgate!

A generous £200 voucher to spend as you wish at the historic and extremely popular One Pound Lane / Westgate Complex, Canterbury. Make a day of it: Restaurant, Escape Rooms, Bar, & Karaoke.

Generously made available by Stephen Allen

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LOT 12: Two Antarctic watercolours by celebrated artist David McKeown

Generously donated by Dr Mike Wain, a distinguished art collector who writes, “Capturing a vanishing world, I witnessed these being done on the spot in the Antarctic in 2014. The first is of a lovely old iceberg with deep blue ice at the centre. The other is of Paradise Bay on the Antarctic Peninsula- the most beautiful place I have ever been to.”

See www.facebook.com/DMcKeownArt

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LOT 13: Rare Banksy Lithograph Poster

There was a limited edition of 5000 posters made. Most were folded. It is in perfect, unfolded condition. It is an offset lithograph produced in limited quantities in 2010 for the Special Issue of Time Out.

Generously made available by Lilford Gallery

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LOT 14: Exclusive use of a Whitstable Beach Hut for the Weekend of your choice, PLUS £100 to spend at Wheeler’s Oyster House

A prime Whitstable beach hut, located on the Tankerton Slopes overlooking the famous shingle bank called The Street. This third row hut has plenty of privacy and it is yours for a full weekend. There are deck chairs, an inside sofa and table, tea and coffee making facilities (bring your own milk!), glasses, plates, cutlery and everything you need to have a special time by the sea. The prize includes £100 to spend at the famous Wheeler’s Oyster House, so perfect seaside food can complete a fantastic experience. Dates by arrangement with owners.

Generously donated by the Cornell family

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LOT 15: Specially Signed Margaret Atwood Bestseller

Specially signed copy of bestselling author Margaret Atwood’s Burning Questions, her latest collection of short stories.

Kindly donated by Margaret Atwood