The ‘Home is where the craft is’ creative challenge culminated in a fundraising auction on World Homeless Day, 10th October, raising close to £6000 for HOMELINK’s latest campaign, #homes4families.

Thanks to community support we received over a hundred submissions from Sussex makers aged thirteen to 98-years-old. Professional artists and Sussex Guild makers alongside hobbyists and enthusiasts donated a diverse range of handcrafted items. The result was a unique auction comprised of lovingly handcrafted pieces for the home and garden with something to suit every taste and every budget.

Oil painting of Berwick Church by Julian Bell

Julian Bell’s ‘Berwick Church’

Amongst the most popular pieces in the auction were an oil painting of Berwick Church by acclaimed artist Julian Bell which sold for £575. A copper and steel birdbath made by Sussex sculptor Christian Funnell, and local scenes painted by Lewesian artists Marietta Van Dyke and Paul Lucas that together raised nearly £300.

Other auction highlights included a ‘nasturtium’ tapestry cushion twenty years in the making; a smorgasbord of food art by textile artist, Claire Graves; and two Danish Christmas elves made by 13-year-old Anne-Marie Arnison and her Mum Annalisa that raised £30 and produced the highest number of bids in the auction!

Nasturtium Cushion

‘Nasturtium cushion’ made by Penny Lower

Engagement with our auction was simply fantastic – we had over 8000 visits to the online auction page with a total of 613 bids made by 128 bidders; winning bidders also shared that the auction was a great opportunity to buy meaningful, handmade gifts whilst supporting a worthwhile local cause. We gained a good number of new supporters, too.

The HOMELINK team are so grateful to everyone who contributed and helped raise these vital funds. It is more than we could have hoped for at this difficult time and a tremendous start to our #homes4families campaign. Our heart-felt thanks to all of those involved for your generosity, kindness and support.