It’s a funny thing – money & charity! A topic people are increasingly becoming sadly suspicious of – often scrutinised when one tries to do the right thing and then applauded when one benefits someone else directly. However, charity awareness is important in reminding me to be grateful for the things I often take for granted and giving back where I can!
It’s important peoples money is protected when it comes to charity aswell, from 1st May 2015 the Dollarsandart policy was finalised largely using the Art as a cash equivalent with a couple of exceptions for UK based charities as below. What with a Picasso recently fetching $179.4 Million at auction is could be the best thing to happen to our benefactors and winners of various initiatives.
In May 2015 the New York art market has set another stunning record – the first $1 billion (£630m) week for an auction house – just two days after a Pablo Picasso became the costliest painting to go under the hammer.
The identity of the buyer who placed the winning bid of $179.4 million for Picasso’s 1955 masterpiece Les Femmes d’Alger by telephone remained the subject of speculation as feverish as the market.
The Art donated to good causes, prizes and the likes of golf days has a value and as of 1st May 2015, post 2015 Dubai $ project typical Dollarsandart values are as follows:
- Open canvas 50x 50 print : AED 500 – AED 1,000
- Personalised & signed open canvas 50 x 50 print : AED 1,000 – AED 1,500
- Unsigned 80cm x 80cm print : AED 750.00- 1,000
- Signed 80cm x 80 cm print : AED 1,250 – 1,750
- Signed and framed 80cm x 80cm print : AED 1,750 – 2,500
- Personalised Hand embellished and signed 80cm x 80cm print : AED 2,500 – 4,000
- Personalised Hand embellished, signed & framed 80cm x 80cm print : AED 5,000 – AED 6,000
- Original : 80cm x 80cm canvas from AED 25,000 – AED 100,000
New regulations issued in Dubai in April 2015 changed the way funds can be collected in Dubai for good causes. The law, decreed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, states that anyone wishing to fundraise in the emirate needs to get prior approval from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) through one of its registered charities.
Failure to do so can result in a jail sentence of up to one year in prison or a fine of up to Dhs100,000. Authorities say the law will give donors piece of mind that their cash and efforts are going towards reputable causes. But the law has raised many questions as to what is legal and what is not when it comes to charity.
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
Although #9 of the Heroe$ & villain$ was due up next I’m queue jumping with #11 : Noor for the eyes as was auctioned for a very special charitable cause in Dubai on 5th June:-
Noor for the Eyes, to be presented and auctioned on the night for a worthy cause and I was fortunate enough to be able to talk about the artwork – we even auctioned the Couture Van der Haer jacket off on the night raising AED 8,000 for a great cause.
The Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs opened its doors to Dubai on November 21st, 1981, starting with only eight children. Currently, the Centre serves over 260 children in its purpose-built facility in Al Barsha.
I was fortunate enough to recently visit the centre and meet some of the hard working staff and students and spend time with the ladies who has committed 20 + years to the place, Isphana Al Khatib and help take it to what it is today.
The artwork ‘Noor for the Eye$’ is one of my favourites of the collection and I really enjoyed showcasing around DIFC during the launch of the 2015 Dubai $ Project at RIRA Gallery…
The Couture jacket by designer Charlotte Van der Haer.
It’s great celebrating Art meeting fashion once again, like we did on the opening night of the 2015 Dubai $ Project : Heroe$ & Villain$ :-
The Noor Training Centre for children with special needs is one that has really resonated with me as the association goes from strength to strength. One highlight being that not only was the Artwork original ‘Noor for the eyes’ sold but the couture jacket went to a great home that led to a chance meeting with the M.D of Montegrappa who have since become a supporter of dollarsandart:
CSR Competition : Dollarsandart Fantasy Football league Charitable donation
Running since August 2013 the free to enter Dollarsandart Fantasy Football league was set up again to give back to the community as part of CSR – with the change of regulations this will be $2,000 worth of Dollarsandart of which the winner is free to do what they choose : put on Ebay, keep, sell etc.
The winner, for the second year in the row as Neil Stewart, accepting the Dollarsandart original down at Meydan Hotel at the end of the 2014/2015 season….
With 2015/2016 season is well underway with $3,000 of Dollarsandart up for grabs….
Then in December 2015 I was fortunate to meet Ronaldino, the Brazilian legend who was in town opening the Al Koora (Arabic for football) soccer dome….
Better still, when meeting his agent and brother they supplied me Brazillian bank notes in addition to the UK, U.S and UAE currency so that an soccer style artwork could be produced and installed in his museum in Brazil!
Dollarsandart FZE golf day contributions
With the passion of golf comes commitment and it’s always great to sponsor a golf day with Dollarsandart prints and the occasional on site original.
From ‘Infinite Possibilities’ at the Visa golf day
To a prize print at the CEO Masters…
And the original Story Rory supporting U.A.E charity Gulf for good….
With prize print Golfer$ Ca$h being donated for the nearest pin prize on the formidable 2nd hole of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club…..
Presenting the cheque to Gulf for Good founder, Brian Wilkie at residency at The Track, Meydan Hotel….
Home of the J9 SOX golf event honouring the legend Joost This was an event organized by Driving Force (under the banner of the J9 Foundation) and the socks symbolized the fact that those suffering from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) have no choice either.
It’s another great way of supporting the community, giving me a sense of belonging as I go.
UK based charity Joining Jack
In May 2013 a chance meeting at Media One Hotel proved to be one of the highlights of the 2013 Dubai Dollar Project. I was connected to Andy Johnson, founder of Muscular Dystrophy charity. DMD, Joining Jack. The former Rugby league mans’ son, Jack, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, DMD and there is no cure at the moment so money is being raised to fund research to find an effective set of treatments to combat this condition.
From that day forth I pledged 10% of my TOTAL PROFIT from art to go Joining Jack throughout 2013 and 2014. What a year it was with sometimes its 100% of the value of the art going to the charity if it’s a spot sale which is the best or as little as 10%of the value of the art going to a cause, highlighted here….
The highlight came in December 2014 during the fundraiser at Media One hotel where AED11,000 was donated (10% AED 110,000) for 2014! Rather than present a cheque I decided to ‘peg it to the $ / Dirham’ with AED 1000 note on each peg.
Then the Original with the pegs on sold for AED 7,000 which 100% went to the charity – what a bonus followed the next day with a print IRONMAN went for AED 1,200.
The plan towards the end of 2016 is to auction of this Owen Farrell signed dollar along the the Saracens Jersey I bid AED 4,200 for on the premise that it will hopefully go for more than AED 4,200 plus $1!
The social media posts from Joining Jack really raise awareness for finding a cure for Duchenne – this one really hit me hard recently at my childhood team, Everton FC….
What started out in 2013 as Joining Jack gathered momentum and other charities contacted me to get on board and support wherever possible, including a guy I was in school with who is determined to keep going, see CHICS below!
CSR / charitable donations made in 2014 (monies in U.A.E Dirhams):
AED 21,000 to Joning Jack
AED 4,200 raised for Gulf 4 Good at CEO Masters Golf Day.
AED 3,500 raised at British Embassy Xmas ball 2013 realised in 2014. (Gulf For Good)
‘Supporting’ Breast Cancer Arabia at al Badia with a Pink Water$ Print…
British Business Group xmas ball on the embassy lawns with a rare print of $UPERMAN fetching AED 5,500 in 2013…
Then a small original on topic with the BBG colour scheme bringing in a few thousand more for Gulf for good!
AED 22, 000 raised for Kevin Pietersen foundation. (1 work of art commissioned by Kevin)
AED 3,600 raised for CHICS (Children with Cancer) in Chester.
Way above and beyond what I’d expected during a year of change on so many levels with more approaches to donate prints and even a request for live art which makes it all worthwhile during challenging times!
TOTAL RAISED = AED 59,700
(Circa £10,850 / $16,253)
Dollarsandart 2015 CSR charitable commitments
With the new Dubai policy in place the focus in 2015 is largely getting Art auctioned at official functions such as the Al Noor foundation (5th June 2015)
- Finding your feet dinner – 30th Jan – Aed 4,000 print for this UK based charity
- Noor foundation gala dinner : Original donated reserve price AED 54,000
- New York – YOU, York exhibition : July 4th 2015 for New Visuality (raised £1,500 for the charity)
- August 2015 : Sir Ian Bothams 60th birthday (raised £4,500 for his charity)
- September 2015 : Finding your feet auction in Glasgow with a Heroes & Villains original £650 print for the charity
Thankfully, Jeffrey Archer was the auctioneer at Beefy’s 60th bash….
I fell short of the £28,000 that Eric Claptons signed guitar got but we’ve all got to start somewhere….
UK Charity : Finding your feet
Dollarsndart is ‘Art that tells a story’ and to encourage you to examine the impact money has on society. My body of work in early 2015, Heroe$ & Villain$ collection, aims to address everyday issues posed by the diversity money has in Dubai, one of the fast growing and culturally diverse cities in the world.
There’s more than meets the eye behind each Dollarsandart original – customised with a back story and triggers that made the art what is today.
We did it! Check out the orange Artwork ‘Finding your feet’
Opening night Art crowd -over 350 rocked up during the 4 hours
One of those memorable Dollarsandart signing moments as the collection was compiled, that really validated one of the reasons for the exhibition was meeting Corinne Hutton, founder of ‘Finding your feet’
Finding your feet – Inspirational
Nearly 2 years ago Corinne Hutton lost her hands and feet to septicaemia. Her world, little Rory’s world and her family’s world were shattered. She started #FindingYourFeet – to get her back on her own feet before helping others.
Corinne has now found her feet – and beautiful feet they are too – check these out….
To the Commonwealth Baton that she carried through the streets of Glasgow in 2014 as host City…
So meeting her in Dubai in Jan 2015 where we ‘kicked’ some ideas around for a Dollarsandart original – her words that made us both laugh and get cracking on something creative.
Using a tartan blanket, bright orange & pink acrylic with one of Corinnes prosthetic arms and a bionic woman jigsaw box from 1976 and of course, a couple of signed $ bills that only feature my signature – again highlighting how we often take our gifts of hands & feet for granted.
#4 of HEROE$ & VILLAIN$ entitled ‘Hand$ & Feet’ was showcased at RIRA Gallery DIFC from 15.4.15 and it was an honour to present the Artwork to Corinnes brother, Scott who I met through club fit for Business over 12 months ago who is an inspiration in his own right.
Hat’s off to Liam Mooney and Club Fit for Business who made the connection in the first place where I enjoy being Arts & Culture Ambassador.
Fit for Business ‘ With Courage & Wisdom’
The original Artwork remains with the family and a limited edition print was auctioned of in Scotland on September 24th 2015 where it raised £650!
Onward$, Upward$ with Dollarsandart FZE giving back wherever possible!