By Pete Donohue

Good News Hastings comes together again this week in yet another high-profile community spirited collaboration. The People’s Pier was officially opened by our new mayor, Judy Rogers, and the people celebrated into the night with a live gig by Madness; renowned local artist Danny Mooney was there to capture the event; and St Michael’s Hospice continues its essential and wonderful work with support from our caring community.

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Put these three magical ingredients together and everyone’s a winner, especially our hospice which hopefully will benefit from a serious donation as a result. And there is a fourth potential winner, which could be you. Read on to discover how so.

For the last 3 years Danny Mooney has been making at least one iPad painting every day, in addition to his studio work. This means that his iPad paintings become a documentary record of what he has been doing each day. But these paintings are also about the day-to-day development of Hastings & St Leonards, its challenges, its achievements, its celebrations. As Danny told HIP:

“Sometimes I like to take this ‘documentary painting’ further by painting a scene that is more obviously reportage, hence my painting of the re-opening of Hastings Pier and the Madness gig.”

This artwork was created on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and when posted on social media caused an immediate stir. ‘Likes’, ‘Shares’ and positive ‘Comments’ flew around Facebook. So much so that Danny was inspired to use the work for the good of our town. The connection between the pier and the hospice is one of both tragedy and hope: Both have suffered serious fire damage; the pier is now resurrected but the hospice needs funds, partly through its Phoenix Appeal, to return to its former charitable glory. Danny hopes his painting will now contribute a significant amount to that appeal. He explains:

“St Michael’s Hospice needs money. It costs £10,000 a day to run, and in addition to this they need to raise £1,000,000 to try to cover the costs of repairing the fire damage from July 2015.”

So now here comes your chance to be a winner too: Danny is auctioning this artwork on Ebay as a one-off original, presented as a 39 x 50.66 cm, unique, un-framed, archival quality giclée print. It is signed by the artist and numbered 1 of 1. The print includes a 4cm white border, so the image is 35 x 46.66 cm. It is printed with archival inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308gsm.

The auction runs for one week and so will finish just before 8 p.m. on bank holiday Monday 30th May. This is your chance to secure a prestigious artwork of a momentous occasion featuring an iconic band and help a hospice site reopen to inpatients. It’s a triple whammy so get bidding and don’t be stingy – Good Luck!

Danny Mooney lives in St Leonards-on-Sea and has been painting and making art for more than 25 years. He studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths and Guildhall in London. His work has been exhibited in the UK and America, and is represented in collections in the U.K., America, Switzerland, Japan and China.…/Original-painting…/331863275470