Marine artist Bill Bishop supports Seafarers in Need

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 9 March 2011 | News Well known marine artist Bill Bishop is calling on admirers of his work and maritime enthusiasts to help support some of the UK’s impoverished seafarers by donating the profits from the sale of a recent work ‘The approach to Trafalgar’ to Chichester based charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.Bill is also donating the profits from limited edition prints of his paintings of the ‘Cutty Sark’, which the Society featured on Christmas cards last year, along with the ‘Victory entering Portsmouth for the last time’ which it is producing as a card for the 2011 festive season.The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society operates to help UK seafarers in need through a combination of regular and one-off crisis grants. In the last 12 months seafarers in 2,750 cases of need from across the country benefited from the Society’s support. In the last year alone it has distributed grants totalling over £1.6 million. It also helped beneficiaries access £31,000 in Government benefits.Bill Bishop grew up in Portsmouth. Sailing on his father’s boats he began sketching and making models. Today, a full time artist, his medium is oils and his subject is anything from Viking ships to windsurfers, historical naval battles to contemporary yachting.His work has been exhibited by the Royal Society of Marine Artists and he has received commissions from the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth and the Mary Rose Trust.Explaining his reasons for wanting to help the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Bill said: “My subjects are sometimes ships in distress, particularly from historical battles, so it seemed logical to support the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society. My father was a World War Two fighter pilot and always owned boats so I have grown up on the water. I hope the sale of this painting will make a significant difference to retired seafarers in need.”Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams, said: “We are extremely grateful to Bill Bishop for generously donating funds from the sale of his painting and prints. The money raised will contribute to supporting retired and incapacitated seafarers who have devoted their lives to the sea. Unfortunately they often retire on meagre incomes and rely on financial help from us to make their later years just a little more comfortable.”An exhibition of Bishop’s work is being held at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, off East Street, Chichester from Monday 21st March for two weeks. Opening times are Monday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm.The Shipwrecked Mariners Society received 744 new applications for assistance last year – the highest since 2005 – showing that help for this vulnerable community is much in demand, particularly in the current harsh economic environment.ENDSFor further information please contact Chloe Ingham or Jen Cooke at Acceleris Marketing Communications at [email protected] or [email protected], or on 0845 4567 251  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Marine artist Bill Bishop supports Seafarers in Need AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Gregg Allman’s Widow Pens Open Letter About Lack Of Women On Wanee Lineup

first_imgYesterday, Shannon Allman, the widow of the late iconic Allman Brothers Band rocker Gregg Allman, took to Facebook, writing an extensive post addressed to fans as well as Live Nation Concerts, the organizers of the beloved Wanee Festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. After thanking fans for their support this past year, Allman shared an open letter written to Wanee Festival about the lack of women on its lineup, encouraging fans to share if so moved.Celebrate International Women’s Day With Our Tribute To Some Of Our Favorite Female MusiciansIn her open letter to Wanee Festival, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Florida, Shannon Allman first detailed how she and her late husband had frequently discussed increasing female representation on festival lineups and as his opening acts, elaborating “Despite assumptions about his bad boy reputation and image, [Gregg Allman] was a feminist at heart, raised by an independent, widowed mother.” Before Gregg’s passing in late May, Shannon explained that she had been in conversation with promoters about getting Kaleigh Baker on the bill, noting it was a dream of Gregg’s, as he became captivated by the singer after Shannon showed him a number of videos featuring the songstress.Watch The Nostalgic Official Music Video For Gregg Allman’s Cover Of ‘I Love The Life I Live’Shannon Allman’s tone in the letter is one of reverence toward Wanee, noting that the festival, which she describes as “the Brothers’ baby which has matured into the most beautiful old soul,” has “her heart” and stands as her “all-time favorite festival, of the countless I’ve been to around the world.” Despite this, Shannon explains that after Wanee’s lineup announcement for 2018, she “couldn’t help but immediately notice the nearly nonexistent presence of women,” offering up Lisa Mackey of Dark Star Orchestra and Elliot Peck of Midnight North as the lone examples.Wanee Announces 2018 LineupChris Robinson To Lead “As The Crow Flies” At Wanee FestivalGiven “the recent eruption of an endless news cycle surrounding the systemic oppression and unlevel playing field our system has provided for women,” Shannon decided to speak out. However, later in the letter, she similarly recognizes that the lack of female representation is not specific to Wanee, reflecting, “I wonder sometimes how this type of (common) situation passes so many eyes without anybody acknowledging or recognizing this issue before presenting it publicly.”After noting that she recognizes the difficulties of booking large-scale festival such as Wanee and thanking the management for their hard work, she doubles down on why the lack of women on the lineup ultimately hurts the event. She explains, “Not only do I and many others want our souls stirred by the magical mysticism of female vocals and instrumentation, there is no shortage of badass female talent on the market or in Wanee-esque genres to not give these countless artists an opportunity. Not because they’re women. Because they rock.”You can read the entirety of Shannon Allman’s open letter to Wanee below, which was first posted in the Gregg Allman Fans Facebook group here.Thank you all for your ongoing love, support, and kind messages.Some day I will find the words to articulate how you’ve lifted me and provided light in my darkest moments.Thank you for loving Gregory and for showing me love simply for loving and having been loved by him. Taking care of and being taken care of by him has been my greatest honor.For now, I’d like to share this letter I openly penned to our beloved Wanee Festival in case anyone feels similarly and cares to share in hopes of catching their attention and seeing some women added to the lineup! (Make sure you tag the festival and Live Nation for them to see your thoughts and posts.)“Dear Wanee Festival, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Florida,One of the songs that has gotten me through the loss of my husband, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, is his self-penned “Dreams.”(Of “Dreams,” Gregory said, “I showed them ‘Dreams,’ and let me tell ya, they joined right in. We learned that song the way you hear it today, and I was in, brother.”)Witnessing the stunning version performed by family at the The Peach Music Festival tribute to Gregory and Butch Trucks brought me to my knees in tears of grief and gratitude. Lord knows, I’ve been “hung up on dreams I’ll never see” now that he’s gone.One of them, which we discussed often, was working together to increase female representation on festival lineups and as his opening acts.Despite assumptions about his bad boy reputation and image, Gregory was a feminist at heart, raised by an independent, widowed mother; a man who believed that equality for women was simply common sense, not something to debate or fight to take rights away from.I recall vividly one night, in a hotel room on the road, playing him about six or seven female artists, each one of which he sort of shrugged at and asked me to skip to the next, not feeling that their vibe aligned with his “blues flavored rock n roll.”After about 12 seconds of listening to Kaleigh Baker, he excitedly pointed at the screen and exclaimed, “YES!” We watched several more of her music videos.Many have described Kaleigh as a “bluesy Adele,” and while I can’t quite ignore the obvious similarities of their soulfulness, powerhouse vocals, and Kaleigh’s bone deep blues, I hesitate to compare women – or anyone. They are each their own extraordinary artistic selves.I immediately emailed Live Nation and multiple managers but the season was booked and, as happens, life and medical issues shifted our focus in other directions.Bringing Kaleigh on to open for Gregory is a dream we had to let go of.When I saw the lineup announcement for Wanee 2018, which will be my ninth, I couldn’t help but immediately notice the nearly nonexistent presence of women.(Lisa Mackey in Darkstar Orchestra, Elliott Peck in Midnight North, and…?)Recent news of Nikon hiring 32 men and 0 women to promote their camera came to mind, not to mention the recent eruption of an endless news cycle surrounding the systemic oppression and unlevel playing field our system has provided for women.I think of Wanee as the Brothers’ baby which has matured into the most beautiful old soul.It’s where I discovered myself, found family and friends, where I learned that there are others in the world who appreciate and experience music and life the way I do. This was a revelation for a small town Southern girl.Wanee is my all-time favorite festival, of the countless I’ve been to around the world, the memories of which have positively changed me forever.Occasionally, I thought Gregory might be tired of hearing me gush about my love for Wanee year after year, as he didn’t have the same fan-side experience, but, ultimately, i know how proud he was to have helped create something that he, I, and countless others look forward to all year.I loved to tell and he loved to hear stories of the silly antics, crowd energy, friendships and connections made, engagements, marriages, and even children conceived at the festival he and his lifelong brothers made possible along Florida’s Suwannee River.I know it’s impossible to please everybody. There will always be artists that some want to see that aren’t available or included and acts booked that others will complain about. Time slots will clash and people will gripe about the best possible problem — having two bands you want to see play at once.Thank you for all of the hard work, effort, and energy that goes into planning and executing this magical event year after year.I, for one, love most of the 2018 Wanee acts announced and am excited to discover the few I’m not yet familiar with.However, I think that the exclusion of women completely is an entirely different matter. Not only do I and many others want our souls stirred by the magical mysticsm of female vocals and instrumentation, there is no shortage of badass female talent on the market or in Wanee-esque genres to not give these countless artists an opportunity.Not because they’re women.Because they rock.Admittedly, I wonder sometimes how this type of (common) situation passes so many eyes without anybody acknowledging or recognizing this issue before presenting it publicly.There’s been back and forth discourse about whether this was an initial phase lineup or the final announcement. I’m holding my breath with many friends, anxiously hoping and waiting to see some of our talented sisters whose music we adore, crave, and are healed by added to our beloved festival. Our home.Wanee, you have my heart.Please continue to provide and make my sisters and me feel that we also have a safe, represented space like the other half of our music loving family.I’ll see you in April.Your friend and fan,Shannon Allman”[Photo: Benjamin Adams]last_img read more

Australia avert elimination as India dominate Bangladesh

first_imgSYDNEY (Reuters) – Defending champions Australia returned from the brink of elimination to pip Sri Lanka but India underlined their title credentials with their second successive victory in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Perth on Monday.Australia were stunned by India in Friday’s tournament opener and the hosts looked patchy again as they edged out Sri Lanka by five wickets to keep alive their hopes of a fifth title.Later at the same WACA Ground, India were much more clinical in their 18-run victory against Bangladesh.Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu had led from the front with a belligerent 50 to help her team post 122-6 after electing to bat.Free-scoring Atapattu smacked two sixes and seven boundaries in her entertaining 38-ball innings before falling to Nicola Carey (2-18).Umesha Thimashini (20), Anushka Sanjeewani (25) and Nilakshi de Silva (18) were unable to convert their good starts into match-winning contributions.Australia, in reply, ran into trouble early and were reeling at 10-3 in the fourth over after Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Beth Mooney departed in quick succession.It was the 95-run stand between Rachael Haynes (60) and skipper Meg Lanning (41 not out) that rescued the hosts.Sri Lanka did not help their own cause by dropping Haynes and burning their reviews which meant they could not challenge the not-out decision after Lanning had edged behind. “World Cup tournaments aren’t easy. You have to keep winning, that’s the nature of the beast,” player-of-the-match Haynes said after Australia won with three balls to spare.“I’m sure there were a couple of nerves today but to be able to get over the line right at the end will hopefully create some momentum for the rest of the tournament.”Put into bat in the later match, India posted a competitive 142-6 with opener Shafali Verma putting on a six-hitting display in her 17-ball blitz. Playing without regular partner Smriti Mandhana, who missed the match with fever, the 16-year-old sensation Verma smashed four sixes before falling for 39.Captain Harmanpreet Kaur disappointed again but Jemima Rodrigues scored a breezy 34 and Veda Krishnamurthy made a quickfire 20 not out even though the 150-mark eluded India.Poonam Yadav’s 4-19 had destroyed Australia on Friday and the 28-year-old tormened Bangladesh too with her loopy leg-breaks to claim 3-18.Opener Murshida Khatun (30) and Nigar Sultana (35) batted fluently but Bangladesh could never really accelerate and eventually managed 124-8.last_img read more

Chelsea beat Liverpool to reach FA Cup quarter-finals

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea completed a torrid few days for Liverpool as goals by Willian and Ross Barkley sealed a 2-0 victory to send them through to the FA Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.Liverpool’s 44-match unbeaten streak in the Premier League ended in stunning fashion with a 3-0 defeat at Watford on Saturday and they were rocked again at Stamford Bridge.Keeper Adrian allowed Willian’s powerful shot to creep past him in the 13th minute and former Everton midfielder Barkley drove home Chelsea’s second goal just past the hour mark.Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp made seven changes to the side that lost to Watford but he still fielded an experienced line-up, having played a virtual under-21 side in the previous round against Shrewsbury Town.Sadio Mane wasted several early chances and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, back for the first time since being dropped in January, made a remarkable triple save before halftime.But Chelsea, with 18-year-old Billy Gilmour impressive in midfield, were merited winners as they moved through. For Liverpool, a season of utter dominance has suddenly hit a slump with three defeats in four games in all competitions having also lost to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League, last-16 tie.last_img read more