NABS canvas auction in Manchester raises £3,500

The art auction held by NABS to raise funds for the advertising industry last night in Manchester, made a total of £3,500 the organisation has said.

The auction, which was hosted by BJL at Sam’s Chop House, featured canvases by highlight influential creative figures such as Sir John Hegarty, and executive creative director for JWT, Russell Ramsey, as well as contributions from the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Darren Gough, Joe Hart, Anderson and Ricky Hatton.

The highest price bid was for Hegarty’s ‘Zag’ canvas, won by former TBWA boss Roger Ward, who also sparked a bidding war and won BMB creative director Bill Bungay’s ‘Smile for the Canvas’ painting.

Tamsin Valentino, of Love, who won two canvases on the night; ‘Recycle Me’ by Steve James, a Manchester-based designer and typographer, and artist Ralph Marra’s ‘Meadow Brown’ commented: “I’m here to support NABS and the important work that they do, I used to live in London and when I first arrived I used NABS to help find somewhere to live with others in the industry. It was so useful as I was new to the city and it was a lovely houseshare. I can’t wait to display my two canvases at home!”

Ward also picked up a third canvas, ‘Boddingtons’, by Ali Augur, designer and partner of BBH.

He said: “I’m really happy I got three great pieces of art, two from major creative geniuses and one that reminds me of one of the best ad campaigns.”

Also sold on the night was ‘Hold’ by Carol Naylor, art director at McCann Manchester, ‘Brighter Days’ by BJL copyrighter Alicia Ogg and ‘As Yet Untitled’ by Paul Bainfair.

Darren Gough’s canvas was won by Matt Hatton, managing director of Brilliant Media.

Kate Harris, head of regional development at NABS said: “It has been a brilliant night and we’re absolutely delighted with the funds raised.”

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