New art bursary in memory of Godet
Warwick Academy is to launch a new bursary in honour of late artist and former student Molly Godet.
The school has teamed up with a range of local artists to host an art auction to showcase some of Ms Godet's work as part of the launch. Jessica Meredith, marketing and alumni relations manager at Warwick Academy, said the bursary and auction was a fitting tribute to the Charman Prize-winning painter.
Ms Meredith said: “A lot of the local artists were distraught about her passing and didn't know what to do to move on.
“We wanted to take that and do something positive by creating the Molly Godet Award. We went to her family, and they said it was exactly what they wanted to do to honour her memory.”
Several paintings by Ms Godet will go under the hammer as part of a live auction, including pieces donated by her family and one donated by historian Dr Edward Harris. Dozens of other artists, including Graham Foster, Jill Amos Raine, Vaughan Evans and Rhona Emmerson, have donated paintings for a silent auction. It is hoped to raise more than $15,000 which will help launch a bursary for students who show an interest in the practical arts and are in need of financial assistance.
Ms Godet studied at both Warwick Academy and the Bermuda High School before enrolling at the Hornsey College of Art in London. She later worked in advertising in London and won a Cannes Gold Lion for a commercial for the Boots No 7 beauty range.
Ms Godet returned to Bermuda when she retired in 2004 and began to paint. She won the Charman Prize in 2012 for her painting Green Man Gombey.
The Molly Godet Award auction will take place on June 15 at the Chubb Gallery on Hamilton's Woodbourne Avenue.
The silent auction opens at 5pm and the live auction will start at 6.15pm.