An 'isolation idea' over lockdown saw professional artist Gwyn Hughes busy with a fundraising initiative in support of the Champion Centre. He was keen to acknowledge the incredible work our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, was doing during the recent COVID-19 events and began creating a large portrait in oils.
The original artwork was auctioned on Trade Me and took the interest of over 29,000 people. Radio station ‘The Breeze’ interviewed Gwyn, where he told of his passion to support the Centre’s intervention programmes. The auction also got a mention on ‘The Project’ on TV3. A portrait and landscape artist specialising in commission pieces and original works, Gwyn has a lengthy career in the arts internationally, and now here in New Zealand. He has recently won the ‘People’s Choice’ with the Adam Portraiture Award 2020 through the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Gwyn has very kindly gifted oil paintings to both the ‘Art from the Attic’ fundraiser and the 40th Anniversary Gala’s ‘live auction’ in 2018 and has donated $5000 to our early intervention programmes from his depiction of Jacinda Ardern. We sincerely appreciate his time and talents. http://www.gwyn.co/