A local charity that provides counselling for female victims of domestic abuse has been awarded nearly £30,000 of the profits from an auction of postcard-sized artworks.
The Maya Centre, alongside four other charities that help vulnerable women, was selected to receive the money by acclaimed artist Tracey Emin. The project, initiated by Emin, is in collaboration with Deutsche Bank Centenary Fund to celebrate a hundred years of women’s suffrage in Britain and Germany.
800 postcards, created by 220 female artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection, were sold anonymously mimicking the format of the Royal College of Art’s well-known RCA Secret postcard auction.
The Maya Centre’s director, Tahera Aanchawan, explained that being a small charity often made it difficult to raise money, and said: “We were absolutely delighted to have been picked, and the funds will make a huge difference to our work with women suffering from both physical and mental abuse.”
The charity plans to use the money to fund more counselling and workshops for women. One anonymous user of the service spoke of the value of their work: “I came here [for the] first time a few months ago. It became very important to me. I feel safe here… I’m really grateful for that.”