A Kyiv refugee artist is painting again thanks to the Trooping the Corgis auction

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The money raised from the auction of Altrincham’s Trooping the Corgi sculpture will be used to support a Ukrainian refugee artist in the city.

The Trooping the Corgis exhibition, organized by Altrincham BID in partnership with Inch Arts, saw artists, community groups and schools decorate the life-size corgis in a remarkable variety of styles.

The dogs were then auctioned, raising a staggering £32,500 to support community arts projects around the city.

The Altrincham Society of Artists had decorated one of the Corgis, Sugar Lump, which was on display at The Cheshire Tap throughout June.

Proceeds from the sale of Sugar Lump at the auction are now being used to provide artistic materials and membership in the society to Maria Myktiuk, a professional watercolor painter from Kyiv.

Society’s Jane Fraser said: “There is a thriving arts scene in Ukraine and we thought some of these artists could come to the UK with no art supplies, funds or contacts to pursue their art.

One of Maria’s watercolors

“We issued a notice through South Trafford Welcomes and received an immediate response. So we have already recruited our first Ukrainian artist, a wonderful professional watercolor painter named Maria Myktiuk.

“We are sure that she will be an asset to society and a great help to us as we are to her. And all thanks to Trooping the Corgis!”

Maria was evacuated from Ukraine in the spring after Russia started its unprovoked war.

Mandy White, BID Manager for Altrincham added: “One of the main goals of the project was to create a legacy to support community arts projects and the artists and groups involved.

“We are absolutely thrilled that the Altrincham Society of Artists has decided to support Maria with the funds raised through the sale of Sugar Lump.”

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