A Shrewsbury-based charity has launched an online art auction to raise much needed funds for its water projects in Zambia and Mozambique.

Village Water will bring work from some of Shropshire's 'favourite' artists together in one place for its first-ever charity auction. Items will include original and one-off pieces as well as some specially created for the event. 

Local artists who have donated work include Charlie Adlard of Walking Dead Fame, Marvel and DC artist Mike Perkins, and Matt Sewell - famed for his colourful paintings of birds sited around Shrewsbury.         

Other contributors include Ruth Gibson Ceramics, Guardian and My Shrewsbury cartoonist Tatt Effby and BT Box Artists Hannah Chumbley, Cherie Jerrard, Gisela Robinson and Saffron Russell. 

The charity will hold a one-day art viewing on Friday October 8th at the Get Your Wigle On Studio at 3A St Austin’s Friar (behind the Armoury). Free to attend and open to all between 3pm and 10pm, the event also features an onsite ale and wine bar as well as DJ’s spinning tunes from 5pm. All bidding will continue to take place throughout via the online auction site, so make sure you take your phones along.

Speaking of the event, Beth Llewellyn, Fundraising Officer at Village Water, said: Not only is this a great opportunity to show off how truly talented our town is, but every penny donated will help families in Africa access their basic human rights.

"Thank you to every artist who gave their time and talent. I can’t wait to see how much we can raise!”

Village Water is a small charity working with local partners in Zambia and Mozambique to improve equitable and sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene education in school and village communities. Since 2004 they have reached over 900,000 people.

Further information on Village Water can be found at villagewater.org