Globally-renowned artist Darren Baker hosted an art auction at his gallery on Charlotte Street in London. He called on his friends and peers including world renowned pop artist Sir Peter Blake, Marcel Schreur - dubbed the ‘21st century Van Gogh’, and Conrad Shawcross, to come together to support the charity that he first came into contact with when trying to establish himself as a recognised artist and now raising vital funds for the youth charity. Hosted by Samantha Bond and David Harper the evening celebrated creativity and hope.
Marcel Schreur said "Being able to share the gift of creativity and hope in this special way is a call and a duty. It shows compassion and solidarity with the less fortunate. His work "Never Alone" embodied the very core of the "Evening of Art. He goes on. "An artist enables people to look up and above the situation that they are in. It makes one see that the light shines. In the moon, the stars and beyond the horizon. The Prince's Trust gives this opportunity and enables the less fortunate youth to aim for the horizon, keep going and never give up hope." It is very close to the artists heart who has been dealt some very tough cards in his life. He says "You never know what tomorrow brings. You could be on the other side of the table. Just like that. Down and out and looking for that light. Helping each other regardless of the cost goes all the way. It enriches life. I love doing that". Underpinning his life's vision that "Life is beautiful. Always."
Prince’s Trust Ambassador and actress Samantha Bond hosted the evening. She said: “I’m delighted to have supported this wonderful evening of art to help continue the good work of The Prince’s Trust. I’m always delighted to play my part supporting The Trust. So many young people just need a helping hand in life but often have no one to turn to. The Trust offers genuine hope and practical support to enable vulnerable youngsters to turn their lives around for the better.”
About The Prince’s Trust:
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, this year it is celebrating 40 years of supporting 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
The Prince’s Trust has supported 825,000 young peoplein the last 40 years and this year it will support over 100 more each day.
Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.
My name is Marcel Schreur. My artist name is Mas.s. I have found the creativity to express myself in painting,meriting and filming. Intrigued by contemporary society, the beauty of nature and the human race is. I love life. Life is beautiful. Always. I bleed my life on to canvas. Vibrant, colourful, positive, dynamic, freedom of movement are hallmarks of my work