‘The Ginger Syringer’ gives a cash injection to St Oswald’s
North East artist, Sarah-Jane Szikora has used her creative talents in a very topical way to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice.
Sarah-Jane has lived and worked in Tyneside for the last 20 years, and is no stranger to St Oswald’s, as she was one of the artists who painted a Great North Snowdog sculpture for our first art trail in 2016. After deciding to create a limited-edition print to help raise funds for the hospice, Sarah-Jane was inspired by international efforts of scientists who have fought hard to find a vaccine for Coronavirus, but adding her own unique twist.
The print, ‘The Ginger Syringer’ shows a gingerbread nurse giving a vaccination to a gingerbread person, both wearing masks of course! It was excitedly received by collectors of her work, selling out in under ten minutes!, Sarah-Jane has very generously gifted all profits from the sales to St Oswald’s – a massive £6,200!
Sarah Jane told us:
“I believe that when you have a small amount of success in your professional field, that is the time to pay a little back. St Oswald’s do important work, I have been involved in earlier fundraising activity for the charity and I know the difference it has made to families. I was involved with the Snowdogs trail a few years back and I loved the creative approach and the community involvement that it led to, so the continuation seemed natural.
Like most people, I was knocked sideways by the pandemic and the lockdown. Although I work in a solitary way, being unable to move around freely and see loved ones changed the whole nature of living and working alone. The vaccination seems to be the way back to normality . I was inspired by the global effort to trial and produce the vaccine and proud that the United Kingdom has played such an important role in producing the Oxford jab (I’ve had it!) I simply wanted to mark the moment. I was doodling about and the little masked biscuits appeared.
"I can’t quite put my finger on why gingerbread biscuits have so much appeal among an adult audience, but it’s a fun way of expressing myself or making a social comment. We sold all 86 copies in under 10 minutes, raising £6,200 for St Oswald’s. I was quite taken aback. What can I say? I have fabulous collectors.
"I’d like to thank the team at Portfolio Fine art who made the print release possible and turned around the whole project very quickly for me.”
We absolutely loved Sarah-Jane’s print and were overwhelmed at the amount of money raised in such a short space in time. A big thank you to her and those who bought the print – we hope you enjoy owning this very special piece of art that will make a big difference in the North East community.
Although The Ginger Syringer was a limited edition and is no longer available, you can check our more of Sarah-Jane’s wonderful original paintings on her website.