To highlight World Water Day and raise funds for WaterAid, we have teamed up with award winning Mancunian artist Venessa Scott, who will paint a large, colourful piece live in central London at Borough Yards. Venessa will paint from 20-22nd March and her work will be on display until 31st March.
The artwork is part of an awareness campaign by Belu for World Water Day, which is Wednesday 22nd March. The theme for 2023, set out by the United Nations, is ‘accelerating change’ and highlights the story of a hummingbird, who takes water from a river to a nearby forest fire to calm the flames and save the community. The story illustrates that we can all play a small part in saving water and protecting the health of our planet.
There will be a QR code posted next to the painting to donate to WaterAid. The piece will be auctioned following World Water Day, with all monies going to WaterAid. The auction will take place online from midday Thursday 23rd March at https://uk.givergy.com/Belu, closing on Friday 31st March at 11.59pm.
Borough Yards is located next to Borough Market in Southwark, the development includes restaurants such as Brother Marcus, an Everyman cinema and flexible coworking space TOG (The Office Group).
If you’re in the area, come see Venessa in action. If you share a picture of the painting on Instagram, you could win a box of Belu ‘Mix It Good’ tonics and mixers! Simply tag and follow @BeluWater and use the hashtag #BeluBoroughYards for a chance to win a free ‘Mix It Good’ box. A winner will be randomly selected from tagged posts on Friday 31st March at 2pm.
A big day for Belu and WaterAid
Belu gives all of its net profits to WaterAid. We have been in partnership with WaterAid since 2011 and have given over £5.2 million in that time. Each year, on World Water Day, we announce our annual net profits, which go straight to WaterAid.
Venessa Scott is a prolific public artist, specialist in Creative Education and CBBC presenter. She delivers creative workshops and interventions to a variety of audiences from children and students, to prisoners and returning citizens.
In 2015 Venessa and her sister Vanice founded arts and education non-profit SevenThreeOne. In 2019 Venessa was appointed as an official ambassador for The Pankhurst Centre and recognised as a ‘Great Mancunian’ for significant cultural and creative impact on Manchester and surrounding areas.
Venessa has received commissions from the BBC, CBBC, HOME Mcr, Manchester Art Gallery, MCEP, Hemingway Design, Bruntwood Works, Ministry of Justice and Media City UK.
When a community gets clean water for the first time, it creates a powerful ripple, saving lives and improving people’s health, education and livelihoods. WaterAid is an international not-for-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last can people break free from poverty and change their lives. Installing taps and toilets is essential, but to make a bigger, lasting difference, WaterAid works with communities, decision-makers, utilities and governments to put these essentials at the top of the agenda and create lasting change not just in villages, but entire countries.
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