Fairwinds Art Exhibition raised more than £4000 for the Foundation
We are incredibly grateful to the artists for their generous donations which you can still view via the link
Fairwinds Art Exhibition
‘Fairwinds’, a new art exhibition planned this spring will bring together nine acclaimed artists from the Isle of Wight for the first time and raise funds for sailors with physical and sensory disabilities.
Hosted and supported by Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club PO31 7BH
Supporting local artists
The Fairwinds Art Exhibition supports Isle of Wight artists. We are grateful to the nine artists who have donated one artwork each to be auctioned in aid of the Andrew Cassell Foundation at the ticketed Friday night event. We are also grateful for their generous contribution of 10% of the purchase price of all other works sold during the weekend. Fairwinds Art Exhibition will be back in 2023 and the ambition is to grow the exhibition to support the practice of art on the Isle of Wight.
Inspiration to many
John was an art enthusiast and supporter of Island artists. His main love in life, after his family, was sailing, from dinghies to racing yachts. John competed and was successful in many offshore races including winning the RORC De Guingand Bowl and the Deauville Race, completing multiple Fastnet and built up huge mileage including sailing the Atlantic.
John had a passion to pass on knowledge and enthusiasm for learning and was a great mentor to many people in a variety of subjects. During his last few months battling with Multiple Myeloma he began to plan the Fairwinds Fine Art Exhibition. We, his family, Peter Allen and the Andrew Cassell Foundation family, are proud to have taken the baton from him to host the first annual Fairwinds Fine Art Exhibition.
Paralympic gold medalist
Andy was born without legs and deformed hips but this did not stop him becoming a top racing sailor with a career that has spanned 50 years. From a sadly abandoned campaign for Olympic selection in 1964 to becoming a renowned sailmaker and latterly Director of Ratsey’s in Cowes, and sailing in many classes especially the Daring in Cowes he spent most of his career without ever thinking of himself as a disabled sailor.
As the tide turned towards making disability more acceptable, the Paralympic sailing movement grew and Andy was asked to compete in the 1994 Worlds and 1995 European Disabled Championships with the outcome that he was selected for the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta and came home with the Gold Medal.
Andrew Cassell Foundation
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Meet the artists
With more to come in 2023
Fairwinds Art Exhibition is the start of a sustainable art exhibition celebrating the Island and Island art while supporting local charities. His family, together with the ACF are proud to fulfil John’s legacy. Sue Garlick, his wife of 52 years said: “We hope to grow the event each year and support more local charities.”