To mark the anniversary of gay director Derek Jarman’s death on 19 February 1994, IAP Fine Art are selling silk-screen prints by Maggi Hambling to help raise funds for Terrence Higgins Trust.
One of the prints included in the offer is that of Jarman, the iconic film maker of films such as Carravagio and Blue. Jarman, who was an acclaimed champion for gay rights, died on 19 February 1994 after living with HIV for some time.
Lesbian artist Maggi Hambling, a close friend of the film maker, painted his portrait from memory three weeks after the film maker’s death. Wanting to make Jarman’s legacy accessible to a broader audience, Hambling made an edition of 250 signed silk-prints derived from the original image in 1998. To support UK sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, £75 from the sale of each print was donated to the charity’s work.
IAP Fine Art are giving online buyers £50 off the unframed purchase price from 19 February to 19 March and will increase the donation to Terrence Higgins Trust from £75 to £100 for each sale.
Portraits of jazz singer George Melly and gay actor and writer Stephen Fry in silk-screen form made by Hambling in 2006, each an edition of 100 signed prints, are also included in the offer.
Sonya Trivedy, head of fundraising at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: ‘We are so grateful that IAP Fine Art is supporting us with this gorgeous print.
‘Derek Jarman's openness about his HIV status during his lifetime made a real impact in the stigma that surrounds the condition, but 30 years on from the start of the epidemic there is still work to do. It couldn't be more fitting that the money raised through this portrait will help Terrence Higgins Trust continue to fight stigma, and improve the lives of people living with HIV.’
David Tregunna, director at IAP Fine Art, told Gay Star News: ‘I met Maggi Hambling in 1998 when she was very anxious that her portrait of Derek Jarman reach a wider audience and that it also raise money for THT.
'Several leading galleries had turned down the opportunity, but I grasped it with both hands for the chance of working with Maggi on such an exciting project.
‘We hope these gestures will very much help buyers enjoy a wonderful work by Maggi, and also raise a considerable sum for THT, helping people with HIV and AIDS.’