Since designing fulltime and launching Purewhyte in 2008 I became a member of Hidden Art; from then onwards they have been a vital supporter and source of advice and opportunities for me.
From religiously attending their monthly networking sessions, Xmas markets, Hidden Polymers program, to the Hidden Art Forums and most recently having the amazing opportunity to exhibit with them at the Milan Furniture Fair this year or just popping in for a tea and chat.
You only need to look back over this blog to see how often Hidden Art has been mentioned.
I have just received a shocking email: “…Due to the current financial climate, it is uncertain as to whether the London Development Agency will continue to fund any projects. The LDA provide 50% of our funding and have done since March 2001. Should we lose this funding and fail to find an alternative source by 17th January, Hidden Art will have to close…” This would be an absolute travesty as they have been supporting Designers and Designer Makers like myself for the last 20 years.
Having Hidden Art close would be unthinkable and if you care about the future of Hidden Art, and if they have given you support or helped you in the past, please take 5 minutes to do one of the following and help our cause:
- Tell us how Hidden Art has helped you and your business, so we have stories and quotes to back up our funding case – you can post your message on our facebook page, or on this page of our website, or via email to Dieneke@hiddenart.co.uk
- Write about Hidden Art and the support you received on Twitter (and any other online media) using the hashtag #helphiddenart – we want the word to get round.
- If you know of anyone that may be able to help us, whether that’s a funder or somebody in the media, let us know, and maybe facilitate an introduction. Forward this email to them or send your own email.
Please please show your support if you can, so Hidden Art can secure their London Development Agency Funding and continue their valuable work.
I know I would definitely not be in the position I am today without them and I am sure I will need their help and knowledge in the future.
SAVE HIDDEN ART!
Here are just a few photos of where Hidden Art has helped me:
Feb 2010 Hidden Art awards.
March 2010 Milan photography shoot organised by Hidden Art.
April 2010 the Milan Furniture Fair; happier times.