Since 2012 we have raised over £150,000 for charity, raising £70,000 in 2018 alone. Our charitable donations are made possible by our visitors’ purchases of sculptures, teas and coffees and their generous donations. Thank you!
Local primary and secondary schools are encouraged to exhibit and attend the exhibition. Sculpture at Kingham Lodge gives grants to cover the cost of their materials, provide transport to attend the exhibition and where possible pays for artists to workshop with pupils to develop their exhibit.
The Koestler Trust – Art in Secure Institutions
The Koestler Trust is the UK’s best-known secure institution arts charity. They have been awarding, exhibiting and selling artworks by offenders, detainees and secure patients for over 50 years. The Trust has no endowment or capital – its work depends entirely on donations.
The awards programme it runs receive over 8,000 entries a year – inspiring offenders to take part in the arts, work for achievement and transform their lives. Their national exhibition attracts 20,000 visitors – showing the public the talent and potential of offenders and people in secure settings.
The system of awards takes place in age groups so young offenders can also receive encouragement. Some artists start to learn art while in prison and go on to become professional artists. Since 2007,the Koestler Trust has supported ex-offenders to continue with their artistic activities by matching them with a specially trained arts mentor. They offer support to a wide range of people who have been involved in the criminal justice system who would like to develop their interest in the arts.
Sculpture Park in Harare
Turbulence in Zimbabwe has made tough conditions harder for Zimbabwean sculptors, inheritors of a proud tradition. They are now short of customers for their excellent work and struggle in difficult conditions. Sculpture at Kingham Lodge has not only supported this work by buying and selling their sculpture but also through grants that have provided a borehole for fresh water and the building of a schoolroom and exhibition space.
Helen and Douglas House
Helen & Douglas House cares for terminally ill children, young adults and their families at their hospice in Oxford and at home. They provide medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together. Helen & Douglas House rely on the generosity of supporters like us to help people live life to the full, even when that life is short.
“It’s the only place I will leave Nathan. The care we receive at Helen House is both physically and mentally brilliant.” Jenny, Nathan’s Mummy
In previous years we have also made donations to Combat Stress, Rafiki Thabo, Annandvan and Take Heart and other requests within our local community.