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£65raised of £3,000 target by 4 supporters

    Weʼve raised £65 to fund the production of a portrait sculpture in stone, of a well-known Reading personality

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    Reading, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Tuesday, 20th June 2017

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    The Face of Reading 2016
    I am a stone sculptor and I want to produce the finest stone portrait of the person who to me best represents our town of Reading. The Face of Reading 2016 is my contribution to, and will be an ever-lasting legacy of Reading's Year of Culture 2016.
    Who is, or who should represent what was going on in Reading in 2016? Kate Winslet, Mike Oldfield, Chris Tarrant, Ricky Gervais? Do we ever see these people in the Harris Arcade or Smelly Alley?
    But beggars are everywhere and the bedding materials of the homeless are always in dozens of town centre shop doorways. It's a shameful situation, and worthy of an artist's attention. And to my mind it's important to represent these people in stone for future generations to ponder over. So I am carving the bust of a gentleman who has often been homeless and who sits on the floor in Reading’s Broad Street every day of his life, and has done so for more than a decade. He’s become well known in the town. He is my ‘Face of Reading 2016’ and is my contribution to the town’s Year of Culture in 2016. I rather like the irony of one of our town's street people being represented by a work as technically accomplished as the nationally important Royal Academy portraits of the nation’s great and the good.
    But first I need the stone. A fine marble or flawless Portland limestone approx £1000 (in the meantime I'm producing a practice piece in cheap sandstone).
    Then I need time. 2 year's sculpting stone is hungry work, but £20/week is all I need to keep me fed during this time.
    Once that's done we can sell the portrait and maybe you should send suggestions as to who should benefit from the proceeds. 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go to a charity or charities that deal(s) with homelessness in our town.
    That's all it takes for us to leave something valuable to posterity.
    You can see the work as it progresses here http://mcalistairhood.artweb.com/works-in-progress
    or drop into the Uni at Redlands Road

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    • Andrew McAlistair Hood

      Andrew McAlistair Hood

      2 months ago

      Andrew McAlistair Hood

      Although proceeds from the sale of this work will go towards helping homeless people, it is to be remembered that the main aim of this campaign is to raise my profile as a leading portrait sculptor. So please give generously to help me complete this project. Then one day you'll be able to say "I made him the successful stone sculptor that he is today".

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    • Andrew McAlistair Hood

      Andrew McAlistair Hood

      2 months ago

      Andrew McAlistair Hood

      I have just learned that homelessness in Reading has gone up 700% since 2011 !!!! That's astonishing and utterly disgraceful. While I have to confess that the main object of "The Face of Reading 2016" exercise is ostensibly a vehicle to get me better known as a portrait sculptor, I now feel that the main thrust should be to embarrass and ashame the authorities and question our social structure.

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    • Andrew McAlistair Hood

      Andrew McAlistair Hood

      2 months ago

      Andrew McAlistair Hood

      When I'm doing a portrait I try to get as deep into the subject's life as possible - which is why not having a home (other than my studio) and sleeping rough 4 to 5 days a week is key to this project.

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 14, 2017

      Hello Andrew. Here is a liitle donation for your project. Good Luck! Cheryl S

      £20.00

    • Jenny Todd

      Jenny Todd

      May 30, 2017

      £20.00

    • Rob White

      Rob White

      May 30, 2017

      Great idea, homelessness in Reading has gone up by 700% since 2011! Good luck

      £5.00

    • Guy Mason

      Guy Mason

      May 29, 2017

      Happy to help, and a great subject to bring into the public eye

      £20.00

    About the fundraiser
    Andrew McAlistair Hood

    Andrew McAlistair Hood

    Reading, United Kingdom

    Andrew learned to carve stone at Weymouth College stone masonry department in 2008 - 2009. He now works from his studio near Theale and is the sculptor in residence at the University of Reading's institute of Education.

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