Belfast Telegraph

Houses on order thanks to big-hearted art lover

A private collector has made available 150 paintings by well known artists to help Habitat for Humanity paint a better future for families in need.

Valued between £250 and £1000, every painting will be sold for £150 with 50 per cent being donated to Habitat, directly supporting Big Build 11 in Romania when volunteers from Northern Ireland will build 10 homes in one week.

The ‘Big Art Sale’ will open to the general public on the evening of Thursday September, 1 at Victoria Square, Belfast with all 150 paintings available for purchase. The sale was launched this morning at Habitat’s current build on Templemore Avenue, East Belfast where a team of US volunteers are raising the frames on 6 new homes for local families.

Speaking at the launch, 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.”

If you would like further information about the Big Art Sale or the Big Build project please contact Joanne Magee on 028 90 243-686 Ext.220 or email Alternatively visit

Locally, Habitat is committed to building a shared future through housing. Since 1993, Habitat NI has built more than 90 homes across 10 communities in Northern Ireland in partnership with families and more than 16,000 volunteers.

35 per cent of total housing stock in Romania is in the state of complete neglect and needing urgent repairs acording to Habitat. ‘Big Build’ is part of Habitat NI’s long term commitment to the programme in Romania.

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