Fashion stylist and TV presenter turned creative and activist Grace Woodward is hosting a very special online art raffle in support of Women’s Aid.
Called the Emo Raffle for Women’s Aid, Grace has single-handedly organised an incredible line-up of prizes to be won, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Women’s Aid. Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children – having suffered abuse in the past, this is a charity close to Grace’s heart.
There are thousands of pounds worth of prizes across art, design, photography and ‘other fine things’, including hotel stays and champagne dinners. Artists who have donated works include Polly Borland, Peter Jones, Helen Beard, Brenda Sakoui, Jonathan Schofield RA, Lachlan Goudie, Polly Penrose, Mark Vessey, Sam Pooley Stride, Hedley Roberts, Robert Clarke and many more (see a selection here).
Grace herself has donated a photo from her own Body of Work series, a photographic project she embarked on to reclaim her body (Grace’s open letter about her motivation for the project was published in YOU Magazine in February 2019).
The raffle will be drawn on Friday 10 December at 12pm. Tickets for the Emo Raffle for Women’s Aid by Grace Woodward are £20 each and you can buy as many as you want here.
In line with the raffle, Grace has also designed some special Christmas ‘Emotee’ pieces, her sustainable T-shirt campaign produced in collaboration with Make Thread to help raise awareness of violence against women.
Actor Nicholas Pinnock is an ambassador for the brand and appears in the campaign imagery shot by Simon Emmett, alongside actress and DJ Laura Pradeleska, model Tia Rolph, Grace’s son Larkin (‘who I’m proudly raising as a feminist’), her 94-year-old grandmother Anne and Meg Salmon, a recent victim of drink spiking/drugging in Chelmsford.
There’s an ‘Emotee’ (T-shirt) for £32 and an ‘Emoodie’ (hoodie) for £60, with 30 per cent (Grace’s entire cut) going to Women’s Aid.
‘My aim with #emotee is to make something very dark into something light enough that we can all bare the burden for the victims and survivors,’ Grace wrote on Instagram. ‘And for those that didn’t survive, if @womens_aid was able to help them perhaps things wouldn’t have turned as as the did. Wear the t-shirt, buy it, gift it, have the difficult conversation.’