The story so far...
It’s funny how things start, how things come together. Take my husband’s three passions; Wolverhampton Wanderers, his faith and his family (not necessarily in that order!). I’m an artist; I was also an art teacher until a couple of years ago. As a gift for Chris, I recently (in February 2018) painted a picture of his favourite player Rúben Neves. Chris then shared his gift on social media. That’s when things changed – that’s when the idea ignited.
That's when we came up with the idea: How about painting a series of original artworks capturing what has been one of the most exciting seasons in Wolves’ recent history? I could sign them as well as the relevant players and we could give them away to Cure Leukaemia for auctioning with all proceeds going to support the amazing work of this charity. Chris and I approached club photographer Sam Bagnall, a long-term supporter of Cure Leukaemia, to run the idea past him and, as they say, the rest is history with Cure Leukaemia and Wolves in full support.
Why are we giving 13 original works of art away? As a family, we love getting behind causes. We feel incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work together on a project that brings together two of our greatest passions, art for me and Wolves for Chris, whilst also giving us the chance to make a difference to the lives of others in the process. Twelve was the original plan. We decided to offer a thirteenth though, via a raffle, as we wanted all Wolves’ fans, irrespective of financial circumstances, to have the opportunity to own an original. The Neves painting was the natural choice as this was the image that sparked the social media reaction that ignited this whole idea.
Beyond the raffle & Great Big Art Auction: There seems to be so much potential in this blended approach, giving away a high proportion of original paintings to raise money for good causes whilst making art accessible to fans via Limited Edition prints. The next step could be a collection capturing Wolves’ first season back in the Premier League or perhaps even a Wolves’ legends’ series. Who knows? What we can say though, is that we are loving this exciting new adventure and are so grateful to Sam Bagnall, to Wolves and Cure Leukaemia for making this possible and to fans across social media for their continued encouragement and support on this journey. We hope that this is just the beginning.
Artist Louise Cobbold in her studio adding the final touches to her painting of Wolves Head Coach Nuno.