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Featured Charity – Shelter

When I was a child I was told by a teacher at my primary school that I should fear and ignore homeless people, they could be dangerous or infectious and they’re probably violent drunks waiting for their bodies to fail and a demise that will go unnoticed.

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Hence my apprehension when a few years later, aged about 10, I sat in the front seat of my father’s car as he picked up a man with no shoes on his feet and hardly a tooth in his mouth, driving him across more than half an hour of land to his desired destination.

Suddenly I was curious, the stranger had seemed pleasant enough. He certainly hadn’t made any threatening or violent gestures towards my old man or I, it didn’t seem to line up with the scaremongering of past role models.

Soon I realised just what a horrible plight homeless people face and how many different ways there are to end up in that situation, we’re all only a couple of bad moves from scavenging in bins for discarded bread crusts.

That’s why Shelter are this month’s featured charity, the easy access to information that they provide for those in need of residence is unprecedented in the UK and a cause that deserves to receive more recognition than it currently does.

If you’re feeling generous then please take a peek at the Shelter website and Facebook page, if you’re in fine spirits then take it a step further and offer to volunteer or get involved in other ways – every kind gesture is so appreciated.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist: Sterling Hundley

After a short absence, our regular artistic feature returns to the website. Today Kureen is honoured to share the work of illustrator, writer, painter and entrepreneur Sterling Hundley.

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Sterling Hundley’s images pay homage to fellow American N.C. Wyeth’s famous illustrations for the 1911 edition of Treasure Island published by Scribner and Sons.

Hundley’s illustrations focus on moments of dramatic tension in the text. His subjects are captured in mid-motion and rendered in a palette of sombre colours and textures that capture the violent undertones of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic text.

The judges of the 2015 V&A Illustration Awards were mesmerised by this book and described it as: “Richly coloured, atmospheric and stylistically consistent”

Hundley is currently Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia.

His mixed media approach combines traditional oil painting with  digital image editing in Photoshop; a technique that, he hopes, updates and repackages Treasure Island for a 21st century audience.

Text courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum of art and design.

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To see more of Sterling Hundley’s work visit his website —> HERE <—

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: WaterAid

WaterAid’s history stretches back to 1981, when on 21 July they were officially established as a charitable trust.

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In the last 33 years, they have gone from strength to strength, evolving into one of the most respected organisations dealing solely with water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

Over the course of those three and a bit decades money and support has assisted in influencing policy and practice to ensure that the vital role of water, hygiene and sanitation in reducing poverty is recognised globally.

Thanks to the amazing and continued commitment of WaterAid supporters, by the end of 2013  they had reached 19.2 million people with safe water and 15.1 million people with sanitation.

 

WaterAid’s four global aims are;

1. To promote and secure poor people’s rights and access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

2. To support governments and service providers in developing their capacity to deliver safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation.

3. To advocate for the essential role of safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in human development.

4. To further develop an effective global organisation recognised as a leader in our field and for living our values.

 

To donate to this amazing cause please click —–> here <—–

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity: GAIN

From its inception in May, 2014, Kureen has always been keen to promote charities that we feel have the correct motives for assisting people in need rather than siphoning the majority of donations for their own gain.

Gain is an appropriate word though, with today’s featured charity being the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, also known by the acronym GAIN.

GAIN works with governments and producers to fortify salt with iodine in countries plagued by iodine deficiency. By fortifying staple foods and condiments with iodine – an essential micro-nutrient for optimal intellectual and physical health – GAIN helps to reduce incidence of iodine deficiency disorders and make millions of people healthier, smarter, and more productive.

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Food fortification is one of the least expensive and most effective nutrition interventions to tackle malnutrition, often called the “hidden hunger”, on a global scale.

GAIN supports salt iodisation programs in 17 countries across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Current countries supported by the charity’s universal salt iodisation (USI) program include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, and Tajikistan.

These countries have high incidences of iodine with more than 500 million people at risk–including more than 19 million newborn infants every year.

GAIN’s mission is to create a world free of malnutrition. The organisation works to build partnerships between governments, the private sector, and local communities to design and implement effective and sustainable salt fortification programs.

GAIN works with governments and salt producers to establish and sustain supplies of potassium iodate, improve iodisation quality, effectively implement salt quality laws and put monitoring systems in place.

To find out more about GAIN visit their website, where you’ll be able to see some of the fantastic work they’re doing around the globe.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Katie Rivers

During my life I have stepped across the paths of many people with the surname ‘Rivers;’

Dan Rivers a fine chap with straight edge inclinations.
Lewis Riversthe brother of a fine chap with Straight Edge inclinations.
Joan Riversthe love of my life.

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Yet none have been so artistically delectable as one Katie Yelda Zeretski Rivers, a performance artist,  painter, carpenter and Michelin star chef, who insists that she wasn’t the one who stole the balsa wood from the Blue Peter garden in 1998.

At 24 she has the world at her fingertips, with the callouses on the underside of her hands testament to a relentless work ethic that has only temporarily been curbed due to her relatively new surroundings.

Now residing in Queenstown, New Zealand, Katie is granted easy access to some of the most aesthetically stunning landscapes in the world on a daily basis; only the emotionless could fail to find splendour in the cacophony of conspicuous mountains, lakes and clear skies that make the town one of the crown jewels of Oceania.

With the incredible spectrum of content within Ms Rivers’ portfolio, it’s obvious that she’s one to watch in the art world over the next few years, with a captivating personality backing up some serious and varied creative talent.

To take a peek at Katie Rivers’ website simply click anywhere on this paragraph!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured charity – Isle of Wight Foodbank

With the British economy in a state of flux, more people than ever require assistance in order to receive adequate supplies of sustenance. A number of food banks have sought to address this issue by offering free food to those most in need.

The Isle of Wight itself has one such resource, the Isle of Wight food bank, which relies upon generous donations in terms of food, time and space to operate. The idea is that people truly on the bread line (no pun intended) are given tokens to exchange for a basic collection of food supplies.

The official Isle of Wight food bank website puts it in these words;

The Isle of Wight food bank provides emergency food and support to around 500 local people in crisis every month.

No Money + No Food = Crisis.

We are a registered charity seeded by The “Trussell Trust” and operate solely from public donations to provide food for those in need.

Every bit of food that is donated is then sorted at our warehouse and dealt out to our seven distribution centres across the Island. Front-line care professionals such as health visitors and the IOW Job Centre give food bank vouchers to people in crisis and these can be exchanged for three days worth of food at one of the distribution centres.

Our volunteers at our distribution centres will always take time to listen and signpost clients to further support. Thank you for visiting our website.

To find out more about Isle of Wight food bank click here to take a look at their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born Vincent Willem van Gogh on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands.

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His father, Theodorus van Gogh, was an austere country minister, and his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was a moody artist whose love of nature, drawing and watercolours was transferred to her son.

Van Gogh was born exactly one year after his parents’ first son, also named Vincent, was stillborn. At a young age—his name and birth date already etched on his dead brother’s headstone—the artist was melancholy.

In the fall of 1880, van Gogh decided to move to Brussels and become an artist. Though he had no formal art training, his younger brother Theo, who worked as an art dealer, offered to support him financially.

He began taking lessons on his own, studying books like Travaux des champs by Jean-François Millet and Cours de dessin by Charles Bargue.

Van Gogh had a catastrophic love life. He was attracted to women in trouble, thinking he could help them. His cousin, Kate, was recently widowed, and when van Gogh fell in love with her, she was repulsed and fled to her home in Amsterdam.

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He then moved to The Hague and fell in love with Clasina Maria Hoornik, an alcoholic prostitute. She became his companion, mistress and model.

When Hoornik went back to prostitution, van Gogh became utterly depressed. In 1882, his family threatened to cut off his money unless he left Hoornik and The Hague.

Van Gogh left in mid-September of that year to travel to Drenthe, a somewhat desolate district in the Netherlands. For the next six weeks, he lived a nomadic life, moving throughout the region while drawing and painting the landscape and its people.

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After more than 100 years since van Gogh’s death, more of his artwork was released. A painting of a landscape entitled “Sunset at Montmajour” was discovered and unveiled by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in September 2013.

Before coming under the possession of the Van Gogh Museum, a Norwegian industrialist owned the painting, storing it away in his attic, doubting that it was authentic.

The painting is believed to have been created by van Gogh in 1888—around the same time that his artwork “Sunflowers” was made—just two years before his death.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Charity – Sparks

On May 2nd Sparks are hosting a fundraising walk across the Isle of Wight, so what’s the event and what does money raised go towards?

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The fundraising challenge

Walk, Jog, or Run it! A stunning backdrop for an endurance challenge, the Island’s 106 km coastal path heads out from Cowes, past the Needles, and on through areas of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular coastlines, dramatic white cliffs & sandy beaches.

24 hours or so later faster walkers will be boarding a ferry to complete the last few hundred metres of their epic challenge, exhausted but elated as they cross the finish line!

The charity

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering children’s medical research. 1 in 30 children in the UK is born every day with a condition that may affect them for life.

Sparks supports clinicians and scientists who have the skills, innovation and passion to improve children’s lives forever.

Since 1991, we have funded more than 275 ground-breaking research projects in over 80 hospitals, universities and research institutions across the UK and overseas.

Each new project is carefully reviewed by both medical professionals and a panel of parents. This ensures that we are funding high quality science as well as investing in those projects most likely to have a benefit for children and families across the UK and beyond.

Every child matters – that’s why we support research into any medical condition affecting children’s health, from rare diseases to the most common illnesses

To find out more information regarding Sparks, simply click on this link to their website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Imogen Rogers

 

A combination of terrible hostel Wi-Fi and lack of laptop time over Easter conspired to delay the gallery for April’s artist of the month.

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This month’s featured creative talent is Imogen Rogers, somebody whose paintings I randomly stumbled across during a soiree to Magnetic Island in Australia recently. I was instantly taken aback by the way the artist captured so many emotions with ostensibly simple concepts.

In her own words;

My artwork is all about inner expression. That you can take your thoughts that trigger feelings and give them a voice.

The process is a lived experience; also allowing the stillness which speaks once you have put a space around constant thoughts.

If I can produce a painting when I am feeling down it gives me solace; if I can produce a piece when I am feeling good then I want to share that with other people.

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To get in touch with Imogen simply click here for her Facebook page and website.

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist: Zoe Sadler

Once there was a girl and one day she picked up a pen and a pot of ink…

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Zoe Sadler is an illustrator whose love of reading fairytales and penchant for her old-fashioned dip pen and pot of ink inspires her to create quirky hand drawn illustrations.

She was brought up on a small Scottish Croft in rural Aberdeenshire. In 2004 she graduated from Duncan and Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee with a degree in Illustration.

Following this, she completed a postgraduate diploma in publishing at Plymouth University.

Zoe then worked as an illustrator and book designer, at a London book publisher, for two years. She now works from her studio on the picturesque and inspiring Isle of Wight as a freelance artist and illustrator.

When Zoe is not covered in black ink and hasn’t got her pen and ink to hand she can most often be seen drinking earl grey tea, obsessively knitting mittens or spotted out and about in her red wellies walking her black lab ‘Wilson’.

Interested in finding out more about Zoe? Simply click on the links below the gallery.

 

Take a look at Zoe’s website —-> here <— If you’re quick there might be a few copies of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’ available to purchase!

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me.
I meditate and wash daily when possible.