Belfast Telegraph

Cut-price artworks in charity sale

A collection of 150 original paintings by a range of Irish artists is being sold off at cut price in a novel charity fundraising bid.

A private collector has passed works by artists such as Harry Reid, Janet Ross and Robert Bottom to Habitat for Humanity for its Big Art Sale.

While many of the paintings are valued at £1,000, they are all going on offer for £150 until Saturday in Belfast's Victoria Square shopping complex.

Half the proceeds will go directly to support one of the charity's house-building projects in eastern Europe.

Big Build 11 will see a group of volunteers from Northern Ireland head to Romania to construct 10 houses in a deprived neighbourhood.

The fundraising sale was launched at one of Habitat's local building projects for families in need on Templemore Avenue in east Belfast.

Habitat NI chief executive Jenny Williams said: "This is an incredible collection of original Irish art. For the public it is a really unique opportunity to buy original art at an affordable price and at the same time it will raise essential funds to help families build their way out of poverty."

All 150 paintings can be previewed online by visiting http://www.flickr.com/photos/66123037@N02/

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