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Please help me get to Venice!

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I've been selected to exhibit at the Venice Biennial Art exhibition; “Personal Structures” 23 April - 27 November 2022, in Venice, Italy. My work was spotted at the Manchester Art Fair in 2019 and one year later I received an email from the European Cultural Centre in Venice inviting me to exhibit. It is a massive opportunity for a Carlisle lad like me to be displaying my work where world renowned artists such Yoko Ono, Anthony Gormley and Damien Hirst have exhibited previously. I am determined to get there and am currently working my socks off to raise the funds, but as you can imagine, this will cost thousands. I have setup a rewards tier so I am giving back to those who believe in me:  £50+ - signed A5 print,  £100 + signed mounted print A4, £500+ signed original framed piece 30cm x30 cm and £1000 + 100cm x100cm framed original.  I only have 12 weeks to raise the funds as I'm expected to leave in late March 2022.
A little about me:
As a contemporary artist of more than 30 years, I draw on opportunities working as a specialist decorator which has afforded me innumerable opportunities to collect waste materials such as scraps of wallpaper, dried paint, coloured sawdust and used sandpaper. These components are fused to create multi-layered, highly detailed works of sculptural abstract art. My attention to detail and the deliberate placement of minutia become more apparent with time so that the artwork resolves its initial apparent ambiguity through an ongoing narrative with the viewer. In this way, each artwork represents a period of discovery in my own life and includes my commentary on the ever changing world around us all.
This is a dream for me and all my fellow Carlisle friends and family, and I appreciate it can only be realised by your kindness and generosity. Please help me get to Venice!


Daniel Ibbotson

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