" FIgure Artists for NHS" ....everybody look

Discussion in 'Figure News' started by Nap, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everyone

    It's my honour to promote this

    FIGURE ARTISTS for NHS

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    WHAT IS IT ?

    ‘Figure Artists for NHS’ is the idea of Neil Kilshaw ( KILSH here on PF ) and Robin Snelson as a way of generating financial support via the UK Figure Artist Community for NHS workers during the current pandemic.

    The chosen charity we wish to contribute to is

    https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/NHScharities-COVID19URGENTAPPEAL

    Which is NHS endorsed and uses the ‘Just giving platform’ as a method of contribution, in summary it will help those involved in caring for Covid19 patients nationwide with the extra costs which they are incurring.

    We think it best to use an established ‘Just giving’ charity option rather than creating our own and all money will be paid directly to it by buyers who will receive a receipt via email of their payment.

    WHY ?

    The current pandemic is affecting everyone’s lives globally. We are seeing many social media post of people saying that they are bored or feel useless stuck at home. However are also noticing a distinct increase in the amount of figure modelling people are doing. You could say many of us have been self isolating for years due to the nature of our hobby. It just occurred to us that we could use the time we have at our disposal to give something back to the wider community using our skills and hence the idea was born.

    HOW WILL IT WORK ?

    We are asking the UK figure artist community initially via our contacts and then by asking those interested to pass onto their own contacts in the wider UK figure Artists community to participate by donating a figure for auction and to pass on the word to their contacts both artists and, most importantly, any collectors who they know to visit the ‘Figure Artists for NHS’ FB page.

    The page will go live on 14th April and the auction will close at 8pm on Sunday 17 May. Artist can post their submission up until Midnight Friday 15 May. This allows us some time to review all the pieces on offer. Interested buyers simply visit the page and state a financial bid in UK £s. Buyers can bid as many times as they wish to in the selling period. At 8 pm on Sunday 17 May the highest bidder will have won the piece.

    On Monday 18 May we will confirm who has won each piece to the bidders

    From then they will make a PayPal payment of that value to the just giving page. Once they have received the email confirmation of payment from the just giving page they can forward that to the seller with us on copy and the seller can release the piece. As time is of the essence there will be a firm payment window of 24 hours from notification of the win to pay. If payment is not forthcoming the piece will be offered to the next highest bidder. Artists may set a minimum bid value as they list their piece if they wish, we just ask that people are reasonable with this as the aim is to make cash available for the Charity quickly.

    Artists and sellers may not already be friends on FB and to enable messaging between them the Buyer will need to send the artist a friend request to enable messages to be seen. We suggest that the buyer is responsible for shipping costs for which they will have to make a separate PayPal payment to the artist.

    We will publish a sticky re packaging of models and shipping shortly.

    WHAT ?

    Any figure or figure related model is ideal, any scale, busts, full figures, historical or fantasy. Preferably nicely based, which will also help in packaging. Just be realistic, you will have a month max to complete. A foot 54 mmm figure ready on time is much more valuable to us than a 120 mm mounted figure ready a day late! Resin cast are easier and safer to ship than white metal because of the weight involved.

    Alternatively if you don’t think that you will be able to produce something in time you can always donate and already completed piece.

    We would really like to see sculptors get involved as well as painters by creating a small unique piece in the raw for auction.

    It’s simple to add something for auction, just click on the ‘write something’ box as you would on any FB post and upload your donation details and photos, min 4 max 10. You can also state a minimum bid value for your piece at that point too.

    Dealers and Manufacturers

    Whilst the concept was originally to produce a piece of art which as well as hopefully creating some Financial support and help to avoid boredom plus give a sense of purpose for artists we would be remiss I’d we didn’t ask our friends in the commercial side of our community to get involved, so we will he also for donations of kits to auction.


    FAQs

    Q. Why are you only asking UK artists and dealers for input?

    A. Covid19 is a pandemic and we think it would be inappropriate to ask artist and traders in other countries to support this NHS and therefore UK based appeal for support. Of course if they wish to contribute we will happily accept. Also if this works well we will be delighted to share the concept with Artists in other countries who may wish to undertake something similar. Please note we are not restricting the involvement of collectors to only those UK based and would ask that you extend the invitation to involve to any international collectors whom you may know.

    Q What if my piece doesn't sell?

    A. like any art figure art is very subjective and perhaps the right buyer for your piece wasn’t involved. Collectors can of course be very picky and rightly so it’s their money and they want good quality for their collections. It may even be an opportunity for you to get some feedback from one of the more accomplished artist taking place.

    Q. Why just figures how about other modelling genres, armour, aircraft ships etc

    A. This is quite a big undertaking for the 2 of us and our contact and knowledge base is very much in the figure community. However we would be delighted to share the concept with modellers in other fields if they would like to undertake something similar.

    Q. I’m an essential worker and just won’t have the time to produce new piece in a month but really would like to get involved. Can I donate something I have already completed?

    A. Of course you can.

    Q. I don’t feel comfortable with offering my work for sale but would really like to be involved, is there anything else I can do?

    A. Yes, why not consider donating a kit form your stash to the project, all we ask is that is complete and in good condition.

    Q Can I do the more than 1 piece?

    A yes of course, just use a new thread for each one.

    Q. Wouldn't it be easier just to donate a kit rather than create a painted figure?

    A. Yes it would, however this is all about raising money and creating a piece adds value and is therefore more valuable. Although we do approach Ethan not everyine will be able to price something in the timescales , that’s why we have the option of DONTING an already completed piece or a kit.

    Q Do you need any extra help with admin etc

    A. Currently some extra help on some aspects of the project would be gratefully received, please contact one of us to discuss if there is something with which you could assist


    Here's the link to the FB page

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/figuresfornhs


    Nap
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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi everybody

    Just to start the ball rolling here I am offering for auction

    From RP Models

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    image.jpeg ..the item


    Don't forget you can also support with painted figures as well

    Nap
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  4. kilsh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Thanks for your support Kev, much appreciated!

    All

    Please visit our FB group and spread the word especially to any collectors you have contacts with, we already have some amazing painted pieces donated as well as kits
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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Just put this on the FB page as well

    Both of these are limited and rare as hens teeth !

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    Nap
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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Everyone


    Over 600 views and no response ??

    Be great to see what members of this modelling community are doing to help those helping the UK community's

    This is a fabulous thing to do we all can't be in the front line but can do our bit in some way no matter now small

    Inspiration certainly cones from the amazing Capt Tom

    Nap
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  7. kilsh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Thanks for your support Kev!

    Some incredible people, and now not just UK based have already donated some jaw dropping lots.

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  8. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Pleasure Neil

    Looking at the FB posts it's inspiring to say the least and all offers of support no matter what are amazing

    Stay safe

    Nap
  9. sippog PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Although my painting skills are not top drawer enough to attract bids, I'm donating some kits to this very worthy cause and may be adding a few more later.

    Do check out the Facebook page ! There are some rare kits on offer but also consider buying something that you might have bought anyway - and supporting the NHS in the process.
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  10. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Well done I am sure we all have things in the GA we could offer

    Nap
  11. kilsh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Thanks for your support sippog much appreciated!
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  12. Sergei Active Member

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    United-States
    It is a great idea but the FB page requires FB login, and this severely limits the availability of the page.
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  13. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    You can always contact Neil via PF if you have no FB account

    Nap
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  14. Sergei Active Member

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    United-States
    thanks, Nap. Will do.
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  15. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I can contact him via FB as well if needed

    Nap
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  16. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I thought long and hard before I posted. I will not be donating or bidding anything towards this. While the NHS do a good job, they are NOT the only people involved with this current crisis, but the PR machine is in over drive. If this was going to everybody involved from drivers, to packers , to the other emergency services and so on then yes I would.
    Steve
  17. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    ''The PR machine is in over drive.''
    Don't worry Steve, once this is over we will be back as work shy, public sector layabouts waiting for our gold plated pensions.:cautious:
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  18. Helm A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    I didn't say that nor do I think it. The fact remains it's not just the NHS
  19. kilsh Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Set your own appeal up Steve to support whoever you wish to there is no monopoly on this idea.
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  20. Sergei Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    the fact is simple: this is a health crisis, not a logistical or packaging crisis.
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