This year Cecily's Fund celebrates 25 years of making a life free from poverty possible for vulnerable children in Zambia.
70% of Zambian children don't get a chance to complete school.
We tackle poverty and inequality for poor communities in Zambia, working with them to champion the value of school, and with life-changing financial and emotional support that helps children complete their education so that they can create a new future for themselves.
1998 - 2023 Read about our amazing history
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Remembering Raymond Martinez
Cecily’s Fund remembers Raymond Martinez, celebrated artist and Cecily’s Fund supporter who passed away recently. He was a great talent who will be greatly missed.
In May 2019 Raymond donated a selection of paintings to Cecily’s Fund for an exhibition in Burford. His long term partner Judith Lobendhan had a strong connection with Cecily’s Fund, and the Eastwood family.
A contemporary of David Hockney, and a pupil of Sir William Coldstream, Keith Vaughn, Ceri Richards and Frank Aubach, Martinez is considered one of the great talents of his generation. His works are held in The Government collection, Castle Museum Nottingham, Contemporary Art Society of Wales
Hertford College Oxford and the University College London collection. www.raymondmartinez.com
Raymond Martinez was born in South Wales and studied in fine art at Cardiff College of Art in 1959 and then the Slade School of Fine Art in London completing his studies in 1961. He won the Abbey Major Scholarship for the year 1962-63 held at The British School of Rome in Italy. He regularly exhibited at the Levefre Gallery in London as well as Cork Street Gallery. Martinez spent time in Italy exhibiting at the Vaccarino Gallery in Florence and at the Schneider Gallery in Rome.
Martinez's love for landscape and the environment around him plays out in his works of Italian landscape and returning to his roots in Wales, he was developing a new series of works based on his love of the sea.