Soft Touch Arts changes the lives of disadvantaged young people and uncovers hidden creative talents through the arts, media and music projects from their HQ at 50 New Walk and out in the community.

On 29th September 2017, at the newly opened Abbots Oak Manor hotel in Markfield, the charity is holiding an art auction to raise funds for their ST-art project. St-art works with 60 young people each year – most of whom have difficulties and serious life challenges which hold them back. The ST-art project gives them the opportunity to develop creative skills and talents through a regular weekly creative programme. They aim to raise £10,000 at the event.

Abby Smith who joined the ST-art project 6 years ago and who recently completed a media & photography degree at DMU says – “It’s not just me who this organisation has helped but many other young people just like me who need a little support to find their way in life, express themselves and become a young person that they can be proud of. I know that the organisation will continue to help many other young people.”

Up and coming and established Leicestershire artists have donated art to support the charity to help develop young creative talent.

Christina Wigmore, Director at Soft Touch Art says “I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity and interest of local artists who have given their work to for free to help support young people to develop their creative skills and talents. It’s going to be great experience for some of the young people at Soft Touch too, as their work will be in the auction alongside the other artists. We really hope that people will support the event to raise funds to keep our vital work going.”

Jonjo Elliot, artist and manager of StudioAme said of the auction, “I’m really inspired by this project and the work Soft Touch are doing. I’m really interested in growing arts participation in Leicester and the UK and am really pleased to be involved.”

The event itself is an opportunity for people in Leicestershire to acquire art by well-know and potential future art world stars and raise money for an award winning local charity at the same time. Art is one of the most lucrative ways to invest money and something that makes people feel good.

The charity have had support from their business development board in organising the event, made up of local business leaders, Glynis Wright and Harinder Sahota (Glynis Wright & Co Solicitors), Gemma Orton (Mocha Marketing, Tracey Miller (The Miller Partnership), Simon Postlethwaite (Chutney Ivy), Catherine Ganda (Shrood Food).

The list of artists involved include:

Leicestershire Artists

Jonjo Elliot, Tim Fowler, Claire Jackson, Maria Collingham, Loz Atkinson, Kieran Walsh, Christopher Bent, Gillian McFarland-Boyle, Grant Milne, Trevor Bent, Jane French, George Sfgouras, Stephen Allbutt, Sarah Kirby, Tiffany Tangen, Lauren Park, Gill Brigden, Jonathan Costall

Nationally acclaimed artists:

Mark Titchner (Turner Prize nominee), John Pawson, Lynn Dennison, Jennie Tuffs, Joan Somerville, Paul Horton, Scarlett Raven, Joan Somerville

The auction evening will be held in the beautiful setting of newly opened Abbots Oak Manor, a small boutique country hotel near Markfield in Leicestershire on 29th September from 6-9pm. Tickets are £25 and include a welcome drink, canapés and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased through the charity’s website or call 0116 2552592 or email

Artwork ‘Ranieri’ by Jonathan Costall

Chris is a Sparrow.

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