Forward By William Ward OBE from the 2019 Unicef Calendar
The Clipper Race is proud to work with Unicef as our Charity Partner, something we have done since the 2015-16 race when the brilliant blue yacht became a fantastic fundraising emblem wherever it sails. Together, we have generated awareness and involvement in Unicef’s work in countries such as South Africa, Australia, China,
the US and Panama. During Unicef’s first edition of the race, we raised more than £320,000 to help Unicef protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children.
Unicef relies entirely on voluntary contributions and donations. For the Clipper 2017- 18 Round the World Yacht Race we have a fundraising target of £400,000 to help save the lives of thousands more children. Unicef’s life-saving work wouldn’t be possible without the extraordinary generosity of fundraisers. Crew, supporters and race partners around the world have shown their support for Unicef, and we thank you too for buying this calendar of Clipper Race inspired artwork by the very talented artist Howard Flanagan.
Howard Flanagan’s artworks show the magnificent beauty of the eleven ocean racing yachts and the global stage that the Clipper Race competes on.
William Ward, OBE, Co-Founder and CEO of Clipper Ventures plc
Howard Flanagan is an emerging international artist, widely known for his individual highly detailed paintings. A finalist in the 2017 Sunday Times Watercolour Artist of the Year competition, Howard has worked this year almost exclusively with the organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and the children’s charity UNICEF, to produce 12 paintings, a series of limited edition prints and a calendar, all to be sold in aid of UNICEF. He takes inspiration from people and landscapes including the exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the Ukraine, which he visited this Spring. Looking around, he was both inspired and humbled by the struggles of the people who continue to live there. Working mainly in pastel, watercolour and ink, Howard seeks to capture quiet, unadorned natural beauty in the eyes of people struggling with every day life and the landscape around us. An unmissable show in the Courtyard Gallery.