Silent Auction in Progress
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Government has announced that the 9th Annual BVI Art and Culture Show's silent auction, which took place July 24 in London, collected over $26,000 in proceeds for the BVI's Family Support Network (FSN).
The artwork sold was from the collection, 'Nature's Little Secrets: The Artists' Perspective', a compilation of work by 12 local artists.
Through the Government Information Service (GIS), Director of the BVI London Office Kedrick Malone said they are happy to once again receive the assistance of Friends of the BVI, who sponsored the auction.
He added that the much appreciated assistance goes towards priority areas in the Territory's community such as the work of the Family Support Network.
According to GIS, the Annual BVI Art and Culture Show and Territory Day Reception is in line with Government's mandate to offer local artists exposure via the BVI House, in addition to the enhancement and promotion of local art and cultural expressions.
FSN is a non-Government organization whose primary aim is to aid individuals, couples and families affected by relationships that are unhealthy, including but not limited to domestic violence, or any form of abuse in intimate partner relationships.
According to the organization, the mission of FSN is to strengthen individuals, couples and families through education that leads to prevention, support to those in crisis and rehabilitation through counseling and networking to those who desire to change.
Meanwhile, in his official message for the event, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith commended the artists on the collection, adding, "While modernisation has brought social and economic change, many aspects of our traditional culture remain strong, such as art."
Speaking about the auction, Premier Smith said he is looking forward to the winners coming to the BVI's shores. Many of the prizes donated were sailing vacations with local yacht charter companies and vacation packages with BVI hotels and resorts.