Refusing to slow down, Dragon Art ambassador Brain Travers continues to raise money for the Giles' Trust. Art is a real passion for Brian, but little did he know that he would come face to face with someone he painted being rescued from the tragic Aberfan disaster. Tragically on 21stOctober 1966, 116 children and 28 adults died when thousands of tonnes of coal slurry engulfed a school and homes in the village of Aberfan.
Brian managed to beautifully capture the raw sadness of a blonde-haired boy as he looked desperately over the shoulder of his rescuer. The boy in the painting is Jeff Edwards who grew up to become the Lord Mayor of Merthyr and amazingly recognised himself in the picture, and he tracked Brian down, and they met up after a UB40 gig in Cardiff.
After seeing the full set of Brian’s paintings of the disaster, Lord Mayor Jeff and his Committee have accepted Brian’s Brain Trust Charity as their nominated charity for 2019. The original Aberfan paintings which are currently being exhibited at the Orbit Centre in Merthyr and Jeff and his community are organising a range of functions and events to raise money to purchase the paintings.
Jeff and his team desperately wanted the paintings to stay within the area, and they will take pride of place in their community, which will be the perfect ending to this beautiful story.
Brian recently won the acclaimed 'Bastion of Birmingham' which was thoroughly deserved for his ongoing contribution to all things in the name of music, art and charity. Speaking of charity, tickets are selling out fast for the unique 'Lunch with Brian Travers' event on Friday 12thJuly at the Malmaison where you will be able to witness for the first time the new San B commission for Brian and the Giles Trust.
Fellow Dragon ambassador San has agreed to put his own crystallised identity on the super cool Saxophone piece attached with thousands of Swarovski crystals. San is an amazing creative artist who has previously worked with Bruno Mars and other R&B stars plus recent commissions of Muhammad Ali and Prince at the Savoy in London.
Dragon co-founder Paul Moynan is a big supporter of Brian and San's work and said: 'when artists come together in one place the possibilities are endless. With these and the rest of our hand-picked artists, Dragon Art is set to explode on the world scene as a modern legacy platform.’