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Crowdfunding for Culture during Covid 19 Outbreak (18-03-2020)

Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall offers crucial boost to New Welsh Review's crowdfunding campaign for culture during our century's toughest economic climate
New Welsh Review's crowdfunding campaign, #SecureNewWeshReview, is entering its final weeks and stands poised for success at 85% of its target. Now the renowned artist Dan Llewelyn Hall has stepped in to help. Dan is famous for portraits of Nigel Farage, Rachel Johnson and the Queen but is also a master in all genres and media, including oil, linocuts, etchings, landscapes and figurative work.

Yesterday, Dan placed for auction on eBay his original oil painting, 'Reflection on the Creation', as a fundraising tactic for NWR. This was his own initiative, and currently bidding is going slowly but strongly, having reached £470 at the time of writing. In addition, Cardiff-born Dan is sharing with #SecureNewWeshReview the profit from sale of a limited-edition linocut together with a copy of the artistic book collaboration, with Porthcawl's Robert Minhinnick, The Dunes, priced at £145.

These are even stranger times than we had originally thought on launching our Crowdfunder last month. We hope that all our readers and friends are staying well throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Literature, the arts and culture are essential to seeing us through this crisis and beyond. They will help us navigate these seismic changes and they will also entertain us and envelop us in community as we enter an unprecedented period of home-based life.

New Welsh Review – as a print and online magazine – will be well-placed in the coming weeks, months and years to support the ever-more delicate ecosystem of publishing, literature and writer development in Wales. With one final push to secure this much-needed cash injection, we can, together, come through this toughest of times. Physical events, and those artforms based in physical and public spaces, may be on hold for the weeks to come. But books and literature – portable, adaptable, cheap and best read cwtched up in bed – will see us through. Not only that, but a percentage of any pledge you make to us, will go directly to support the livelihood of writing freelancers, for whose work it has always been our policy to pay.

The reality is that, over the next fifteen days, and in the midst of a global health crisis, we still have over £2,000 to raise by 2 April. We are confident that we can get there, but today, more than ever, we need your help to shift us up those last few notches, from 85% funded to one hundred percent by the campaign's end. We wholeheartedly thank those of you who have given to this campaign. Every pound you pledge or contribute will be invested in the magazine’s future, as a community for thinking, ideas, storytelling and lasting artistic expression of the human experience.

The two unique artworks offered by Dan Llywelyn Hall to support our fundraising are further detailed below. Dan is a celebrated Welsh artist, now based between London and Wales, whose work has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK in both solo and group exhibitions in venues such as the Saatchi Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Wales, Windsor Castle, MoMA Wales and others.

Dan's original landscape oil painting, ‘Reflection on the Creation’ is now on auction via Ebay, and 50% of the proceeds from the sale will then be donated by the artist to our campaign. Inspired by a Snowdonian mountainscape, the artist painted this oil on canvas piece in 2018. It measures 50 x 70cm and the painting is signed and titled on reverse. The artist will dispatch this artwork tracked and registered via courier, fully insured. The auction for this piece closes on 27 March at 10:38am.

Meanwhile, Dan's hand-coloured A3 linocut ‘Schywll - The Great Spring of Glamorgan’, is being sold together with a copy of the book collaboration with Robert Minhinnick's The Dunes (one from a limited edition of thirty). This gorgeous linocut is presented in an archival box and posted within the U.K. p&p exempt, and will be sent by recorded delivery. This is £145 and only for sale until 27 March, and is sold via Dan’s website. Once the transaction has completed, Dan will donate 50% of the fee to our campaign. To find out more about Dan Llywelyn Hall, you can read his artist biography here.

As part of the suite of rewards or goodies we are offering as part of our campaign, we still have a few online based writer's manuscript critiques left, including an online/postal poetry assessment by poet Deryn Rees-Jones and three short prose manuscript assessments with Cynan Jones, plus our Platinum Rewards are still available at £50, offering a one-year subscriptions to the magazine complete with a mystery book from a Welsh publisher. And there are plenty more incentives and rewards on offer, to suit all wallets, in these difficult times.

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