Art makes its bough

The Dancing Tree by Greg Becker was one of 1,000 pieces of art that went on sale at the Mall Galleries in London last week to raise money for UK Youth.

The Art for Youth exhibition is an annual event organised by portrait painter Ann Mavroleon in aid of the youth work charity. This was the 19th time the exhibition had been staged and it featured paintings, prints, sculpture, glass, jewellery and photographs from more than 130 new and established artists, many of them under the age of 35. UK Youth benefits from a 35 per cent commission on all art sold, as well as the proceeds from ticket sales. The charity is hoping this year's event will surpass last year's fundraising record of £53,000.

John Bateman, chief executive of UK Youth, said: "Art for Youth is a win-win situation that brings huge benefits to new and established artists and young people across the UK."

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