Last month, The British Red Cross organised the spectacular Exhibition The Miro Tapestry and Red Cross Catalonia Collection at the Royal College of Art, which was part of their Art for Life 2014 project.
The exhibition brought to London a fine collection of art by famous Spanish painters with a Red Cross Theme. The collection started when Joan Miro donated his original work, Gracies/Gracias to the Red Cross Collection. He followed this gift with his amazing Tapestry. His reason? His little daughter was greatly helped by the Red Cross when she suffered a serious train accident.
The British Red Cross has helped millions of people in the UK and overseas to recover from emergencies, disasters and conflict. It is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The International Fundraising Committee of the British Red Cross has been raising money for over twenty years by holding gala events, auctions, lectures, concerts and art exhibitions. It was a pleasure to hear the addresses of Maria Shammas, MBE, Chair of the International Fundraising Committee and of Vice Chairman, Carlota Wrigglesworth.
I was interested to meet Rosa Branson, whose donation, of a Red Cross themed painting was unveiled at the launch. Rosa Branson MBE is a British painter and fabric designer. She is the daughter of Clive and Noreen Branson and second cousin to Richard Branson. Rosa studied at the Camberwell School of Art, later training under Professor Helmut Ruhemann, the chief restorer of the National Gallery, where she spent six years copying old masters. She is a specialist in their technique. Her art has encompassed many different forms. At twenty years old she was admitted to the Royal Academy, where she exhibits.
We were honoured to adjourn, at the end of the exhibition, to the Residence of The Ambassador of Switzerland HE Mr Dominik Furgler and Mrs Hayam Furgler who welcomed us as guests. We appreciated their generous hospitality and enjoyed music performed by Hisako Tokue, the celebrated violinist.