Big Moth Charity Auction Rounds Off Successful Amy Johnson Art Project
Gilbert Baitson to Facilitate Auction

Amy Johnson was one of the most influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and set a string of other records throughout her career. ‘A Moth for Amy’ was one of the flagship events for the Amy Johnson Festival, which commemorated 75 years since the untimely death of Hull’s aviation heroine.

‘A Moth for Amy’ was a public display of 59 unique artworks which each measures 1500mm and weighs 12kg, each one reflects the powerful inspiration of Amy Johnson and her amazing achievements. From 1 July 2016 the Moths settled on buildings across Hull, the East Riding and as far afield as Herne Bay in Kent!
As the moths come down with the dismantling of the nationwide trail this week, people who missed out on the sponsorship will get a chance to buy one at the grand auction on Saturday 6 May.

A total of 59 moths were decorated and displayed as part of “A Moth for Amy”, with locations including the Science Museum in London, the former Croydon Airport, Herne Bay in Kent and the University of Sheffield. There are 26 moths in Hull city centre, a further 22 around the suburbs of Hull and five in the East Riding at sites including Beverley Racecourse and Sewerby Hall.

Some of the Festival’s sponsors have taken up the option to pay extra to buy their moths but 25 will be offered in the auction sale, which will take place at the Britannia Royal Hotel Hull.

Some of the money raised from the sale, which will be conducted by auctioneers form the historic Hull firm of Gilbert Baitson, will be donated to the Hull and East Yorkshire Smile Foundation. A portion will also be used to create a fund to help develop future arts and engineering projects in Amy Johnson’s name.

Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) sponsored the “Amy Did It” moth to promote its campaign to attract young women into engineering careers. When the moth is removed from its site in Zebedee’s Yard, Hull, HETA will continue to use it.

Rick Welton, Director of the Amy Johnson Festival, said the removal of the moths has been delayed until after the first weekend in April to give more people the chance to complete their tours of the trail.

He said: “We are really grateful to all the businesses that sponsored moths because without their support wouldn’t have had a moth trail! The whole Amy Johnson Festival has been a great success and the moth trail was a spectacular, colourful centrepiece.

“The auction will bring down the curtain on everything but it’s great to see that many businesses are being as innovative with their plans for the moths as the designers and artists were in creating them. The funds raised by the auction will create a legacy of arts and engineering projects for years to come”.

The moths are expected to reach between £1,000 to £2,000 each.