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Syd Barrett Trust charity auctions now running Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Thursday, 11 June 2009

City Wakes Syd Barrett tribute event poster on eBayA collection of special items relating to Syd Barrett or Pink Floyd are currently being auctioned for charity through this link to eBay.

These include six signed copies of 'Mind Over Matter', Storm Thorgerson's excellent book exploring the images of the band's album sleeves and the artwork they contain. A world-famous artist, Storm's memoirs of his time spent with Pink Floyd are combined with the artwork he created to represent the band at each stage of their career. Released in 2007, the book sees Storm revisit the work he created for the albums and tell the stories behind them.

Also available are Syd Barrett posters based on a photograph taken by Mick Rock and "A Pink Floyd Fan's Illustrated Guide to Cambridge", the city where many of the band members originated from.

All money raised goes to the Syd Barrett Trust, set up in 2008 by Syd's sister Rosemary. The fund was founded to support Escape Artists, a company which promotes mental well-being through the arts.

Speaking of her reasons for setting up a charity in Syd's memory, Rosemary Breen said:

"It seemed to me that so many people held his memory with such affection, I felt that they would, as I would, value the opportunity to put that affection to good use. There seemed to be such love for him free in the air, I thought let's do something useful with it.

"My main motivation is, I'm very aware of how lonely Syd was because he was different, especially in the latter years in Cambridge after the Floyd. I would like to think that people can get companionship and accepted into society, even if it's only in a group of like-minded people. I think the loneliness he felt was just dreadful, and if we could stop that, or at least help some people from feeling that loneliness because they're different, then I would feel we've achieved something."

Escape Artists work across sectors and art forms with homeless people, mental health service users, young people at risk, prisoners and other disadvantaged groups: providing structured routes into further education, training and employment.

To view the items available visit their eBay store through this direct link. The closing date for bids depends on the item, but all are within the next two weeks.

As many of you will recall, in March this year £12,600 was raised for the trust from the sale of Syd Barrett's 'Fart Enjoy', a book featuring sketches the late founder member of Pink Floyd created in the time immediately before the formation of the band in 1965.

 
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