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Unique art-performance event to raise funds for Weymouth RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI, in partnership with Cove Gallery and internationally renowned Dorset-based artist Julie Ann Scott, is organising a unique art-performance event to raise funds for Weymouth RNLI station.

Seascape by Julie Ann Scott

Julie Ann Scott

Painting by Julie Ann Scott

The event will take place on Sunday 27 November, 12.00p.m., at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club in Weymouth.

At the event, which will be the first of its kind to be held in Dorset, a live audience will watch Julie Ann produce a large oil painting with beautiful music, excellent food and a stunning harbour view at the RDYC.

Julie Ann Scott, a successful professional artist who has been represented by numerous major UK galleries, says:

“Art is my passion, and I am thrilled to be able to help the RNLI raise money for their incredible work at this exciting performance event. The ocean is a constant theme in my painting, so I’m looking forward very much to creating a brand new piece together with a live audience that I hope will capture a scene or a moment that reflects the power and the majesty of the sea, which is such an integral part of our lives here in Dorset”.

Paul Mooney, co-owner of Cove Gallery on Weymouth’s South Harbour, says:

“We have done fundraising events with the RNLI in the past, but nothing quite like this! Julie Ann is one of the gallery’s top artists and has an irresistible, infectious enthusiasm for her work. We’ve never seen art created in this way before, with Julie Ann interacting with a live audience to a stirring musical soundtrack. If you love art, this promises to be something different, a unique moment to remember.

On a personal note, supporting the RNLI means even more to us since our daughter’s life is celebrated by way of an inscription on a recently launched lifeboat. Her memory is honoured on the Connemara-based lifeboat, the St Christopher, and was made possible through the RNLI’s Launch a Memory scheme.”

Teresa Drage, Chair of Fundraising for Weymouth RNLI said;

‘We are very excited to be bringing you this dynamic live event watching Julie-Ann at work as she creates a new piece of art. Being inspired by the sea gives her work resonance with the work of the RNLI which adds real meaning to the occasion. I’d like to thank Paul Mooney from Cove Gallery who has given the RNLI so much support in the past.

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea and as a charity, we rely on the kindness and generosity of people to power our lifesaving. With your support to train and equip our volunteer lifeboat crews, lifeguards and water safety educators, we can move closer to a world where no one suffers the devastating loss of a loved one to drowning.’

All art is for sale (including the painting Julie paints for us on the day). 50% of all pieces sold or commissioned on the will be donated to the RNLI.

There will be drinks on arrival and a delicious afternoon tea buffet.

Tickets are limited and can be found by going to:

Julie Ann With some of her artwork at Cove Gallery Weymouth

RNLI/Teresa Drage

Julie Ann With some of her artwork at Cove Gallery Weymouth
Julie Ann at the helm of the RNLI lifeboat, Weymouth

RNLI/Amanda Salter

Julie Ann at the helm of the RNLI lifeboat, Weymouth
Julie Ann with Teresa Drage, Chair of Fundraising Weymouth

RNLI/Amanda Salter

Julie Ann with Teresa Drage, Chair of Fundraising Weymouth

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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