This year, the Northern Arts Club (NAC) participated in the fundraising event and auction of painted Kelly’s Cats, which were painted in support of Aberdeen Bon Accord Rotary’s charity auction for CatParade.
The civic arts project involved painting replicas of Kelly’s Cat Statues that can be found on the parapet of Union Bridge in Aberdeen, and are synonymous with Aberdeen’s strong civic pride.
'CatParade' was launched with the aim of raising funds for both international and local charities, as well as marking 100 years of the Rotary movement in the City.
The Kelly's Cats painted by our Club Members (along with our decorated chairs for ChairArt) were shown at an "Open Evening" at the Northern Arts Club before they were put on display for auction at the Marcliffe Hotel on the evening of 28 September 2016. The Kelly's Cats were also on display at Waterstones Bookshop, Union Street.
The auction of the cats raised over £30,000 for Unicef, Clan Cancer Support and the Denis Law Legacy Trust. It was a hugely enjoyable evening; well done to all the artists and to the Bon Accord Rotary Club who organised the project.
Here are some of the Kelly's Cats that were painted by members of Northern Arts Club as part of the CatParade project: