Lavenham artist stages online auction for bronze sculpture to raise money for NHS staff
A Lavenham artist is auctioning off a bronze cast of one of her sculptures in order to raise money for NHS staff.
Kate Denton, 65, is conducting an online auction to sell the piece, with all proceeds going to Barts Charity which supports healthcare projects and the NHS.
The highest bid has already reached £5,000, with bidding remaining open until 5pm on May 1.
Mrs Denton, who overcame cancer in recent years with the help of the NHS, described her love for creating art in a 'physical, three dimensional' form and switched the subject of her art from animals to the human condition after her illness.
She said: "Having started recovering, I found that it just seemed to be a bit meaningless, working on animals. I was on a forum with other recoverers from cancer and I just thought, I've got to work with the human condition. I realised how similar we all are and I just thought that this is the only way forward for me."
She added that the sculpture, which is part of a series of pieces based on the mythological story of Icarus was her gift to the NHS.
She said "The whole thing, everything, will go to the charity. It's an absolute pleasure and I felt it was a great way to raise some money."
Mrs Denton who has lived in Lavenham for ten years, trained at Goldsmiths College and has had a passion for creating art since she was a child.
Her sculpture, named 'On The Edge' is 38cm tall, weighs 6kg and is cast in bronze with gold leaf detail and has a retail price of £3,500.
Anyone who wishes to bid on the piece should email firstname.lastname@example.org.