Arthouse online auction returns to raise vital funds for Outhouse • GCN


Ireland’s LGBTQ+ community centre, Outhouse, has partnered with a talented group of artists for Arthouse 2022. The creatives have kindly donated their work to support the center this year as it aims to raise vital funds through at its online auction.

Among this year’s collection are works by Eamon Colman, Aches, Lola Donoghue, Brian Teeling, Eva O’Donovan, Martin McCann, Leah Hewson, Kieran Crowley, Aches, Nick Munier (TV chef turned artist) , Megan Burns, Colin Martin RHA, Tom Climent, Derrick Smith, Leah Beggs, Maurice Reidy, Eva McParland, Zsolt Basti, Solus Art, Francis Fay, Carol Hodder, John Fitzsimons, Niamh Flanagan, Blaise Smith RHA, Neil Dunne, Hazel Coonagh , Conor Horgan and many more .

Arthouse will feature paintings, prints, textiles, photography and sculpture from genres such as street, abstract and figurative art. The fundraiser itself features more than 300 works of art from 180 artists. According to Outhouse, “The auction is a chance for you to own unique works of art with something for every taste and pocket and adorn your walls in time for the holiday season.”

Over the past two years, Outhouse has hosted the phenomenal Arthouse fundraising initiative and successfully raised €110,000, which was fundamental to helping the center reopen after the pandemic.

Speaking about Arthouse 2022, Oisín O’Reilly, CEO of Outhouse, said, “Outhouse is still recovering from the impact of the pandemic, and Arthouse is essential in ensuring that safe spaces exist for the LGBT+ community. Safe spaces are needed more than ever due to the ongoing and extreme violence and hatred against the LGBT+ community online and offline.

Generous donations and fundraising efforts will help ensure that “every LGBTQ+ person has a safe space to be themselves, make friends, participate in their community, and thrive.”

“The importance of a safe and warm space amid the fear of rising fuel and electricity costs is paramount in my mind, especially for the most vulnerable in our community. Your contributions will mean that those who need a safe, warm and welcoming place this winter will find an open door, a comfortable seat and a cup of tea with friends. Thank you for your continued generosity and support,” O’Reilly added.

Arthouse will be a timed online auction and will be hosted on the Outhouse website and Apple and Android apps. Fundraising is now live for early bidding, with final auctions closing in real time at 15:00 GMT on November 19-20.

An image of Outhouse and their Arthouse collection.

For more details on Arthouse 2022, be sure to check out the Outhouse website

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