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Harry Potter illustrator Jason Cockcroft donates artwork for Bishop’s Stortford primary school’s fundraising auction





Prestigious artists and acclaimed authors have supported a Bishop’s Stortford school’s first silent postcard art auction.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Great Hadham Road has also secured contributions for the fundraiser from TV Gladiators Fire and Giant.

In addition, pupils have created their own masterpieces for parents to place their bids on.

Cllr Richard Townsend got a sneak preview of the artwork
Cllr Richard Townsend got a sneak preview of the artwork

The auction will end on Friday (July 5). Bishop’s Stortord’s mayor, Cllr Richard Townsend, was invited to a preview of the collection.

Jason Cockcroft is an author and illustrator of more than 40 books for children and the creator of covers for the last three books in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. He donated a postcard, Harry and Hedwig, featuring the series hero and his famous feathered friend.

Pippa Goodhart, who also writes under the pen name of Laura Owen, gifted a postcard titled Things I’ve Chosen From a Book and author Piers Torday, who won The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize in 2014, created Read Books Or Get Eaten.

Harry and Hedwig by Jason Cockcroft
Harry and Hedwig by Jason Cockcroft

Best-selling author and illustrator Rob Biddulph went viral during lockdown with his Draw With Rob art tutorials on YouTube. He created a cute Gregosaurus for the auction.

Holly Webb has more than 130 books under her belt and used her drawing skills to create Green Eye Cat while award-winning author and illustrator Thomas Docherty contributed Leo the Knight Who Wouldn’t Fight.

Female Gladiator Fire, from the BBC reboot of the classic TV competition, has donated a signed picture while her male colleague Giant – real name Jamie Christian-Johal – has gone one better with a sketch of his favourite challenge from the endurance sports show, Duel.

Bishop’s Stortford artist Tracey Pinnington, who has a new studio in Florence Walk, specialises in wildlife portraits and is famed for her realistic style. She has donated two pieces: Watercolour Feather and Barn Owl.

Barn Owl by Tracey Pinnington
Barn Owl by Tracey Pinnington

The wildlife theme continues with Stortford artist Danielle Bartram’s delicate Watercolour Rabbit.

Hannah Lipsey, a master of hyperrealism, has donated one of her limited edition prints, and the school was thrilled to receive a postcard and two canvases – Plump Bumblebee and Robin in the Snow – from Stortford artist Gabrielle Vickery.

Kellie O’Dwyer and Lucy Grafton, from St Joseph’s school association, organised the event. “We’ve both thought it absolutely wonderful to see the beautiful artwork that the children have produced,” said Kellie.

Poppit by Hannah Lipsey
Poppit by Hannah Lipsey

“We’ve also been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local artists and well-known children’s illustrators, authors and two of TV’s Gladiators, who have kindly taken the time to contribute.”

Kellie added: “As this is the first event of its nature, we’ve decided that it won’t be open to the public, however this is something we might consider for the future.

Gladiator Fire
Gladiator Fire

“Also, as this is our first auction, we don’t have a specific figure in mind for how much we’ll raise. All money that is raised will be used to fund exciting, memorable experiences for our pupils.”

Watercolour Feather by Tracey Pinnington
Watercolour Feather by Tracey Pinnington
Plump Bumblebee by Gabrielle Vickery
Plump Bumblebee by Gabrielle Vickery
St Joseph’s silent art auction
St Joseph’s silent art auction
St Joseph’s silent art auction
St Joseph’s silent art auction

Images supplied by St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School



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