Two York-based mental health charities are calling for talented York artists to donate original artworks for a fundraising exhibition and auction this autumn.

York Mind and Rethink York Group are co-hosting their popular annual fundraising exhibition & auction at the City Screen Gallery on Coney Street, which during October will see donated artworks displayed on the wall and silent bids taken. At the end of the exhibition, works are sold to the highest bidder, and all proceeds split equally to benefit the two charities.

Since the first collaborative event in 2016, over £3500 has been raised to support local people living with mental health problems, and this year the two charities hope to make the event an even bigger success.

Holly Bilton, Community Fundraiser at York Mind said: “The art auction and exhibition is one of my favourite fundraising events, because it gives an opportunity for artists of any background to have their work displayed in a fantastic location in York.

“We’re inviting artworks from anyone in the community; it could be your very first piece, or you could have a little more experience. To us, it’s about celebrating creativity and the beneficial effects for mental wellbeing, and of course raising vital funds in the process.”

Rethink York Group volunteer Lowra Kitchingman added: “It’s also a great opportunity for people to buy a piece of original artwork whilst contributing to important mental health support in the local community”

York Mind supports around 2000 people in York every year, and needs to constantly raise funds to support individuals to continue their lives with a variety of mental health conditions. Rethink York Group supports both mental health service users and carers through a variety of groups, social activities and support meetings in York, and also runs a number of successful fundraising events to help keep services running.

Artists wishing to donate works should get in touch by contacting Holly Bilton from York Mind by calling 01904 404940 or send an email to holly.bilton@yorkmind.org.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday 31st August at 5pm.

For more information about York Mind visit www.yorkmind.org.uk.

For more information about Rethink York Group visit www.rethink.org