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Mancunian artist in China raises over £2,300 for MEN Charity

A painter from Manchester has helped to raise money for the WeStandTogether Just Giving fund, the MEN charity for the Manchester attack victims from over 4,000 miles away. Gav and his expat friends in Hangzhou, China organized two charity auctions where paintings from the Mancunian artist were auctioned off to the highest bidder.

The event at Angelo's Italian restaurant in Hangzhou, who gave all profits from the night to the charity, attracted both the expat and local people to raise money for the MEN charity 'Manchester's my home city and being so far from it when the attack happened made me feel useless. My friend Ali approached me about a fundraiser and I jumped at the chance to get involved'. Gav explained. 'We had two separate events over the last 2 weeks. The first was to the foreign and Chinese community where we raised over £1,000 The second was last weekend where I was commissioned by the Indian expats here to paint two of their legendary cricketers. These were auctioned off and raised £1,338.' Gav's friend and fellow organiser Alasdair Mac Arthur from London said 'after we heard the news from Manchester everyone wanted to do something, I just facilitated that response into some events where we could make a difference. The response from the expat and local communities was amazing and shows the love for Manchester felt around the world.'

Members of the Indian community bought a commissioned piece from Gav with all proceeds being given to the charity In total Gav donated 8 pieces of art to the events the largest being a 5 foot photo realistic piece that he painted back in January as a tribute to his home city.

Gav's brother Don, who also lives in China bid the highest for the Boddies can painting 'I painted a giant crushed Boddingtons can a few months ago to hang in my flat in China to remind me of back home. When I woke up that Tuesday morning and heard about the attack and saw the painting and knowing how close the Boddies brewery used to be to the MEN Arena it seemed to add more poignancy to the painting.'

Gav Munro has lived and painted in China for the last 10 years. He currently has exhibitions in Hangzhou and Shanghai. For more info please contact Gav at gavmunro.co.uk

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