Smith, who is being supported in the venture by the University of Salford’s Arts Programme, has teamed up with Manchester’s Cube Gallery to run an auction on 30 March of the work of some 40 local artists she has persuaded to take part. These include David Mackintosh, Leo Fitzmaurice and Andrew Bracey.
‘We’ve got everything from drawings to video art and with reserves from £20 there should be something for everyone. As well as buying art, people can make donations directly through our Just Giving page – we just need to raise as much money as possible,’ says Smith.
Online viewing and bidding started yesterday at www.haaa.salford.ac.uk with an exhibition and silent bidding at the gallery in Manchester’s Portland Street today. So get ready with your credit cards, folks, and give generously.