Everyone at CAN was shocked to learn on Monday, 12 December of the catastrophic fire to Andy Parkin's studio in the old grain mill on the Moulin des Artistes near Chamonix during the night of the 9/10 December.
The inferno completely destroyed the work rooms and the exhibition space which was shared by fellow artists, Anati Graetz and Peter Steltzner. The good news is that no one suffered any injury.
Please follow the link below (in french and English) for further information:
As many of you will know Andy is one of Britain's finest alpinists, an active environmentalist and a very talented artist. He is one of CAN's Trustees and a long standing supporter of the charity. Andy has spent long periods in Nepal working with the children at the Sindhu School for the Deaf at Bahrabise.
Through Andy's lively encouragement the children blossomed through their artistic endeavours developing into fine artists. Many of the paintings which the children produced were sold in the UK and Chamonix with the funds raised providing, not only pocket money, but also a degree of normality to the lives of these very disadvantaged children. Some of the children's images are pictured here.
As you will see from the link individual fund raising has already begun in Chamonix. All of us here at CAN including our Patron, Sir Chris Bonington, fully support this initiative and encourage all those in the climbing and art world that know Andy to help him and his friends back onto their feet.
Let's give sooner rather than later and help this band of artistic brothers who have done so much for the environment and for others, at home and abroad, to be fully operational as soon as possible.