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‘Make a Face Collection’ and 'Faces of Africa' at the Hay Hill Gallery
The event took place during the exhibition of John Speirs
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Faces of Africa, an exhibition of oil studies by South African artist John Speirs is to hang alongside the ‘Make a Face Collection’ of masks created by superstars including Sir Elton John, Sir Michael & Lady Shakira Caine and Paris Hilton for Education Africa.

Vivid colours, bold strokes and a unique style. This collection of paintings inspired by John’s love of Africa, its peoples and the traditions of his continent, enters the soul of the viewer.  Abstract, painted for a wedding, wistful, warriors’, maidens’, all faces are drawn with a passion and verve rarely seen in such intimate portraits

These works can be seen at the Hay Hill Gallery, 23 Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1S 3NJ - 020 7734 7010 - www.hayhill.com.  This is a preview of his first solo show, which will also be held at the Hay Hill Gallery at end of this year.

A percentage of sales from Faces of Africa while on show at the Hay Hill Gallery from 25th March to 5th April, will be donated to Education Africa – see dig deep and add a John Spiers to your collection.

Introducing John Speirs

"I was born in Cape Town with a paintbrush in one hand and a tube of oil paint in the other. Throughout my formative years in South Africa, I was lauded as a prodigy and greatly indulged by leading artists – Irma Stern, Maggie Laubser and Eleanor White. My ego soared. At the Michaelis School of Art, I was too hot to handle and was shipped off to The Slade with a hefty bursary in my pocket.

The Slade was my perfect catalyst. Colour, flashy paintwork and exuberant draughtsmanship – often frowned upon by the establishment – brought me to the attention of Larry Rivers, Oskar Kokoschka and others who recognized my hedonistic spirit.

The need to support a family and a dangerous appetite for collecting paintings took me through years of restraint in advertising, packaging, fashion, publishing in London Paris and New York. But the love of paint, deep in my soul, had to burst out. After a long sabbatical I took up the oil paint, the brush and a heady lungful of turps and started to paint again with a passion I had never known before.  My head became filled with images of my childhood in Africa. African colour flooded my eyes whilst African music assaulted my senses. These paintings are the result."

Masks

Masks on the exhibition in the Hay Hill Gallery:

Simon Cowell
Title of mask: Celebrating Africa
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Music mogul and international celebrity took time from filming American idol and Britain’s got talent to produce this mask for Education Africa’s Make A Face campaign. Simon was helped by the children of Hurlingham School. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Piers Morgan
Title of mask: Fire
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Ex Mirror editor Piers Morgan was also an editor of many leading UK newspapers and has become an international celebrity, judging Britian’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent as well as hosting his own talk show. Piers was helped by the children of Hurlingham School. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Amanda Holden
Title of mask:
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Amanda is a star of stage and screen appearing in many of the UK’s leading drama series and performing on stage. Amanda took time from her busy schedule of filming the next series of  Britain’s Got Talent where she sits as a judge with Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan. Amanda was helped by the children of Hurlingham School. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Sir Bob Geldof
Title of mask: Africa’s New Dawn
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
International celebrity and legendry campaigner, Sir Bob has already done so much to help the disadvantaged and poor of Africa. His mask is meant to represent the wonders of Africa and the future of this amazing continent.  This mask is not available on eBay.

Sir Philip Green
Title of mask: Floral fantasy
Material: Acrylic/ mixed media on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Sir Philip, owner of Top Shop and the Arcadia Group is a true retail magnet. He has taken time from his very busy schedule to produce a wonderful floral mask with the assistance of his daughters. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Sir Stuart Rose
Title of mask: Future Perfect
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Sir Stuart, chairman of Marks and Spencer has created a mask that he has termed a cross between ‘art deco’ and fauvism. This colourful mask creates a wonderful image that for him is meant to represent ‘the future’. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Lewis Hamilton MBE
Title of mask: Speed
Material: Mixed media on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Lewis, the youngest ever F1 World Champion has taken time before the start of another exciting season of Formula One racing to create his fantasy mask. His design incorporates the sleek lines associated with the speed of his sport with the bold unmistakable colours of the Mclaren team. This mask is truly unique as it has the finish of an F1 car. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Sergio Garcia
Title of mask: The World Is Yours
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Legendary golfer Sergio Garcia has created a spectacular mask featuring the colours of Spain and a representation of the world. His carefully created mask was something he ended up not wanting to part with as he’d spent so long creating it. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Gary Player
Title of mask:
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Legendary
South African superstar golfer Gary Player has created a striking mask in black acrylic with a white ‘knights’ head motif adorning the centre of the mask. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from  March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Peter Jones
Title of mask: Dragon
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Peter Jones, star of the hit TV business series ‘Dragon’s Den’ and entrepreneur has created a signature mask from his world. His representation of a dragon links in with the famed TV series. This mask is not available on eBay.

Cleo Rocos
Title of mask: Glamour Bites
Material: Mixed media on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Comedienne Cleo Rocos, celebrity and famed comedy partner of the late great Kenny Everret  has created an amusing mask featuring a glamorous blonde being devoured by her mask. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Paris Hilton
Title of mask: Pink Passion
Material: Mixed media on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Paris Hilton, celebrity socialite took time from her busy schedule filming her hit UK TV series ‘The search for Paris’ New British Best Friend’ to create this very theatrical mask in her trademark, signature pink. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Mel B
Title of mask: Show Girl
Material: Mixed media on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Mel B, famed Scary Spice of the Spice Girls and international celebrity has created an amazingly theatrical mask reflecting her larger than life personality. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

The Children of Masibambane
Title of mask: Africa Now
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Masibambane School is a school in the poor township of Orange Farm 50 km south of Johannesburg that has been built and supported by the charity Education Africa. This mask completed by the children of this school represents the beauty and difficulties of the life they lead. This mask will not be available on eBay.

Annie Lennox
Title of mask: Black On Silver
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Annie Lennox, world famous singer and African development activist has created this wonderfully delicate mask to help raise funds for Education Africa. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Daley Thompson
Title of mask: Daley
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Daley Thompson, world famous athletics Olympic Gold Medalist and sports personality has created a mask with the colours of the Union Jack and his signature moustache. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Sting
Title of mask: Mystic Harlequin
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Sting, world famous musician and human rights campaigner has created this wonderful mask following a theme of Harlequin meets mystic. This mask is not available on Ebay.

Lily Cole
Title of mask: Golden Beauty
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Lily Cole, international model and actress has created this delicate mask featuring hearts and insects. Lily herself is a keen development campaigner and is currently balancing an international screen career with a degree at Cambridge University. This mask will not be available on eBay.

Jude Law
Title of mask:
Material: Pen on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Actor Jude Law, international star of stage and screen has taken a very different approach in presenting his mask. Using the power of words he has created a powerful message for all to study. This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

Sir David Tang
Title of mask:
Material: Acrylic on hand made Venetian mask (made in Venice)
Sir David Tang entrepreneur and owner of China Tang restaurant has created a wonderful mask depicting Chinese character spelling out  hope for the future.This mask is available for you to bid on eBay from March 26th – April 5th 2009. Please go to www.ebay.co.uk/charity

http://www.educationafrica.org/makeaface/
The 'MAKE A FACE - transform a life' campaign sees internationally renowned personalities lending their support to Education Africa by painting blank masks for auction at this years gala dinner to be held at the May Fair Hotel in London on March 31st 2009, with the auction being held by Sotheby’s Olympia Chairman Lord Dalmeny.

The completed masks will be exhibited, each under the name of their creator, in London and online and from March 26th on the Ebay for Charity site. You are invited to submit bids for each mask.

Help to raise funds vital to continuing Education Africa's life changing work. Masks are available to bid on at Ebay for Charity.

http://www.educationafrica.org/makeaface/masks/index.html

                   

Here are the masks created by major celebrities for the make a face campaign


Created by
Stefi Graf

Created by
Andre Agassi

Created by
Sir Bob Geldof

Created by
Lily Cole

Created by
Duncan Bannatyne

Created by
James & Aisha Caan

Created by
Sir David Tang

Created by
Masibambane College

Created by
Mel B

Created by
Paris Hilton

Created by
Sir Philip Green

Created by
Sir Michael and
Lady Shakira Caine

Created by
Trudi Styler

Created by
Tim Henman

Created by
Gary Player

Created by
Cleo Rocos

Created by
Sting

Created by
Archbishop Desmond Emeritus Tutu

Created by
Jude Law

Created by
Lewis Hamilton

Created by
Terry Gilliam

Created by
Sir Stuart Rose

Created by
Sir Elton John and David Furnish

Created by
Sergio Garcia

Created by
Bjorn Borg

Created by
Annie Lennox

Created by
Lord Coe

Created by
Simon Cowell

Created by
golfer Retief Goosen

Created by
Piers Morgan

Created by
Lions Ambassadors
rugby team
 

  The masks are exhibited alongside 'Faces of Africa' an exhibition of works inspired by images of the African childhood of John Spiers. 'African colour flooded my eyes whilst African music assaulted my senses. These paintings are the result.' A percentage of sales from 'Faces of Africa' from 26th March until 5th April will be donated to Education Africa.

The Make a Mask Collection is exhibited by kind permission of the Hay Hill Gallery, 23 Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1S 3NJ. Opening hours 10am - 6pm Monday to Saturday.

For more information call 020 7734 7010 or email info@hayhill.com or visit http://www.hayhill.com/

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Simon-Cowell-Lewis-Hamilton-Paris-Hilton-and-Lily-Cole-Paint-Face-Masks-For-Africa-Charity/Article/200903415249906?lid=ARTICLE_15249906_SimonCowell,LewisHamilton,ParisHiltonandLilyColePaintFaceMasksForAfricaCharity&lpos=searchresults

Famous Faces Paint Masks For Africa Charity
7:02pm UK, Friday March 27, 2009

Stars including Paris Hilton, Simon Cowell and Lewis Hamilton have painted their own face masks to help raise £750,000 for Africa.

Spot the celeb? Artwork By Daley Thompson, Paris Hilton and Lewis Hamilton

They are among 20 of the biggest names in film, music, business and sport who will auction off their creations on eBay.

Every piece says something about the creator and they are expected to fetch thousands of pounds each.

Among the colourful creations is a silver, red and black mask designed by motor racing ace Hamilton, then spray painted by his F1 team.

Glamorous Paris Hilton's mask is painted pink, decorated with silver tinsel and features a purple and crimson feather headress. She signs it under a large loveheart.

Meanwhile, Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Thompson paints his mask with a Union Jack and furnishes it with a tell-tale bushy moustache.


Mel B and her mask

Other contributors include model Lily Cole, Jude Law, Sir Philip Green, Sir Stuart Rose, Sir David Tang, Annie Lennox, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Gary Player, Tim Henman, Bjorn Borg, Mel B, Cleo Rocos and Tim Henman.

The 'Make a Face - transform a life' campaign has been launched on eBay by the charity Education Africa.

We are equally impressed by the very high standard of creativity.

Education Africa's Jania Geoghegan - click here to see the masks. Bidders for the masks can find the auction on eBay and it runs until April 5. Bid for the masks here. A follow-up auction - held by Sotheby's UK Chairman Lord Dalmeny - will be held at the Mayfair Hotel on March 31.

Education Africa has for 17 years been helping poor children in South Africa, offering them an education.

"We have all been overwhelmed by the generous response of so many celebrities to our unique campaign," chairperson Jania Geoghegan said.

A selection of masks will be exhibited at the Hay Hill Gallery, in Cork Street, Mayfair, London. Opening hours are 10am - 6pm Monday to Saturday.

http://www.topnews.in/celebs-paint-their-own-masks-raise-money-africa-2144392

Celebs paint their own masks to raise money for Africa

London, Mar 27 : Celebrities like Lewis Hamilton, Paris Hilton, and Simon Cowell have decorated their own facemasks for an auction, aimed at raising 750,000 pounds for Africa.

Around 20 big names associated with business, sports, music and Hollywood have contributed to the auction by painting their own facemasks.

While Hilton has painted her mask with pink colour, including silver highlights with a purple headgear, Lewis Hamilton has painted his with red, black and silver colours.

Other celebrities to make their contributions to `The ''Make a Face - transform a life'' campaign included Lily Cole, Jude Law, Sir Philip Green, Sir Stuart Rose, Sir David Tang, Annie Lennox, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan, Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Gary Player, Tim Henman, Bjorn Borg, Mel B, Cleo Rocos, and Tim Henman.

The campaign has been launched on eBay by the charity Education Africa.

The charity Education Africa has been helping poor children in South Africa by offering them education for 17 years.

The chairwoman of the charity, Jania Geoghegan, revealed that she was grateful to the celebrities for contributing to the campaign. "We have all been overwhelmed by the generous response of so many celebrities to our unique campaign," Sky News quoted her as saying.

The masks painted by the celebrities will be exhibited at the Hay Hill Gallery, in Cork Street, Mayfair in London. (ANI)

Exhibition in the Hay Hill Gallery:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Speirs with the children from the South African school (31 March 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mr Gary Hill and Mikhail Zaitsev
The Hay Hill Gallery
23 Cork Street
Mayfair
London, W1S 3NJ

27th April 2009

The Education Africa "Make a Face - Change a Life" campaign

Dear Gary and Mikhail,

Thank you both so much for the very generous support you have provided to us, to help make our "Make a Face - Change a Life" fundraising campaign such a resounding success. The unique masks, which were created and were, thanks to you, enhanced for our auction through the addition of one-off experiences, have raised in excess of £434,000 to date. This is a staggering figure in these difficult times and will go directly towards funding our many life-changing projects in South Africa, and for that, we are incredibly grateful.

The highlight of our campaign was the Gala Fundraising Dinner held at The May Fair Hotel in London on 31st March. This was a wonderful evening for all who attended, not least from the group of 10 children who were able to join us from Masibambane School in Orange Farm, near Johannesburg. This school is a groundbreaking and shining example of what can be achieved to transform education in exceedingly poor communities. Attached is our latest Newsletter, which talks about the Gala Dinner, about some recent and very substantial donations, and about many of the projects in which Education Africa is engaged.

It is as a result of your very kind and generous contribution and the money that has been and will continue to be raised through the "Make a Face - Change a Life" campaign that we are able to continue with our very important work - that of empowering impoverished communities through the vital element of education.

For more information on our projects or Education Africa, please visit our website www.educationafrica.org.

Once again, thank you so much for your support. It is as a result of the generosity and willingness to help from people such as yourself that Education Africa, as a charity, continues to grow. We are truly grateful to you.

Yours in education

JANIA GEOGHEGAN                                                               JAMES URDANG
Chairman, Education Africa Global                          Executive Director, Education  Ambassador Africa
Chairman, Friends of Education Africa

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