A quirky fundraising Art project dreamt up by Birmingham-based music charity “Sound It Out” has the glitterati of the UK’s entertainment industry flocking to support it. More than 45 stars spanning the arts, film, TV and sporting arenas have come out in support of the Tamperine project, an inventive fundraising initiative where celebrities were asked to ‘doodle’ on tambourines. These will be featured in an exhibition next month [17-26 May 2012] curated by EC Arts in their current arts space in Birmingham’s Mailbox coinciding with an eBay auction to raise money for the charity. Celebrities including Kate Moss, Raymond Briggs, Dame Judi Dench, Kasabian, Tim Minchin, Eric Clapton, Ricky Gervais, Kylie Minogue and local artists have been “tampering” with the tambourine’s canvas, creating mini works of art.
“We suffered from some of the public funding cuts to the Arts during 2011 and have needed to be creative in raising our profile and getting support from people” says Matt Daniels, CEO of the charity. Sound It Out uses music as a medium to make a real difference to people facing challenging circumstances in some of the most deprived communities across the West Midlands. The charity delivers positive activities to people most in need in settings such as hospitals, community centres, schools and young offenders units.
Nicola Briggs, Lead Programme Officer at Sound It Out, came up with the idea for the project whilst stuck in M6 traffic on her daily commute, and has been overwhelmed by the response: “We have been amazed at just how supportive some of the UK’s biggest stars have been – we’re incredibly grateful that this project has captured the imagination of so many.
‘’There has been such a buzz amongst staff each time a parcel arrives in the post we’ve all been guessing which celebrity it might be, taking it in turns to open each parcel as the tambourines have kept on coming and coming!’’ Nicola continues: “We hope that this can start the beginning of a wider fundraising programme that encourages support from everyone to help us keep doing the good work we do”.
The Tamperine online auction will take place on eBay from 16 to 26 May 2012. http://www.worldebay.co.uk/sound_it_out
Celebrity Tamperines to be auctioned
Sir Tom Jones Kylie Minogue Eric Clapton Sir Cliff Richard Manic Street Preachers
Ocean Colour Scene Billy Bragg Rankin’ Roger (from The Beat) Kasabian Feeder
FILM & TV
Dame Judi Dench Robbie Coltrane Dame Helen Mirren James Phelps James McAvoy Emma Thompson Joanna Lumley Stephen Merchant Karl Pilkington Ricky Gervais Gok Wan Prof Brian Cox Amanda Holden Stephen Fry Alan Titchmarsh Claudia Winkleman Bear Grylls Rob Brydon Holly Willoughby, Kate Moss
The Tamperine Project will be launched with an official exhibition curated by EC Arts (www.ec-arts.com) opening in their temporary arts space within The Mailbox on Wednesday 16 May and running until 26 May, and the online auction coincides live on Ebay from 16–26 May.