Cancer charity, Maggie’s, has received a huge donation from an artist.
Scottish artist Trevor Jones handed over the $140,000 donation (£114,000) raised at a charity exhibition and auction at an annual Web3 Castle Party near Paris.
It was held in tribute to digital artist and architect Philippe Fatoux, aka Alotta Money, organised by artist and NFT pioneer Trevor Jones.
Maggie’s Edinburgh fundraising manager, Samantha Lea said: said: “This is a phenomenal donation, which has only been made possible by the support and enthusiasm of the NFT art community. As a charity we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations and on behalf of the entire team at Maggie’s Edinburgh I would like to say a huge thank you to Trevor, his team and the artists who donated their time, skills and incredible work to this unique charity auction.
“The money raised will help us to reach around 4,000 people with cancer, as well as family and friends, from across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders – helping them to access vital support at a time when they need it more than ever. We are so very grateful.”
The auction held at Château de Vallery near Paris, between September 3 and 5 saw the work of 30 exceptionally talented artists selected from over 400 applications. World-renowned artists Pak, Hackatao, Jose Delbo, Pascal Boyart among others featured in the exhibition and an exceptionally generous donation by collector Moderats of a highly sought-after XCOPY work was also included in the auction. A staggering 18,745 views of the artwork was recorded by hosting platform and sponsors, MakersPlace.
Trevor Jones commented, “We have been blown away by the incredible response to this monumental event. Web3 artists, collectors and builders from across the globe came together to celebrate art, innovation, and especially friendship in the name of my good friend Philippe. ‘Alotta’ was held in great esteem by all, and we have been deeply moved by the generosity of people marking his legacy.
“I’d like to personally thank the artists for their exceptional generosity and incredible work. I’d also like to thank MakersPlace for their role as sponsors and for supporting the exhibition as well as the numerous other Castle Party sponsors. And of course, I’d like to express my huge gratitude to all the bidders and auction winners.
“The funds raised will make a huge difference and will go to support services for those affected by a cancer diagnosis – patients and their families. This is certainly a wonderful way to remember such a beloved artist, also taken by this disease.”
Results this year greatly surpassed last year’s incredibly generous donations of £17,000 which was also collected for Maggie’s Edinburgh – when the inaugural Castle Party attracted guests from all over the world to Scotland’s Stirling Castle.