Bids Boost for Boats

A unique art auction has raised £410 for Dunbar Lifeboats.

Two RNLI-themed creations from coastal artists were specially commissioned by the Found Gallery in Dunbar’s High Street and opened up to bids, with 50% of the proceeds going to the charity.

The pieces – a rugged lifeboat man designed by Suffolk-based Joe Lawrence and a lifeboat created from recycled objects by Seth Draper – captured the imagination of art enthusiasts far and wide.

  Amy Christie (centre) of the Found Gallery presents her cheque to Chris Woods (left) and Rebecca Miller (right) of Dunbar lifeboat crew. (photo: Gaz Crowe)

Amy Christie (centre) of the Found Gallery presents her cheque to Chris Woods (left) and Rebecca Miller (right) of Dunbar lifeboat crew. (photo: Gaz Crowe)

The auction was held to coincide with this year’s Lifeboat Day, on July 14, and Amy Christie of the Found Gallery was delighted with the response.

She said: “We were delighted to be able to take part in such a brilliant community event. Our Found team and I had a great time at Lifeboat Day making origami boats and clay creations at Dunbar Harbour. And our two fabulous pieces by Seth Draper and Joe Lawrence have found new homes and we’ve managed to raise some funds for the local station.” 

  The two pieces auctioned – the rugged lifeboat man designed by Suffolk-based Joe Lawrence and the lifeboat created from recycled objects by Seth Draper (photo by Nick Mailer)

The two pieces auctioned – the rugged lifeboat man designed by Suffolk-based Joe Lawrence and the lifeboat created from recycled objects by Seth Draper (photo by Nick Mailer)

Both winning bidders wished to remain anonymous, but the lifeboat went to a local bidder and the lifeboat man went to a bidder in Poole, in Dorset, where the RNLI has its headquarters.

Presenting the cheque last week to Rebecca Miller and Chris Woods of the Dunbar crew, Amy added: “I would like to thank our artists, plus Nick Mailer for his images and Rebecca and Chris from the lifeboat crew for helping with our photo shoot! It’s been so much fun... and I got to see inside the lifeboat station too!”

Veronica Davies, chair of Dunbar RNLI Fundraising Committee, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to Amy, Seth and Joe for supporting Dunbar RNLI. The ceramic pieces were beautifully crafted and I am not surprised that they raised such a large sum of money. Thanks also to everyone who put in a bid for the pieces.”