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  • Writer's pictureRichard Atkinson - Willes

Raising money through art for Prospect Hospice

Opportunity to bid throughout the Summer Exhibition on White Eagle by Jane Rickards.

All proceeds from the sale go to Prospect Hospice providing end of life care to communities in Swindon, Marlborough and north east Wiltshire.

Sculptor, Jane Rickards is offering her impressive sculpture 'White Eagle' at a very reduced price to raise funds for the Prospect Hospice, which looked after her late husband in his final months. The sculpture, which is over 2 metres tall, is a resin cast of her original stone carving, now in a private collection.

To support Jane's very generous donation to this wonderful institution, the Talos Art Gallery is offering this huge piece for sale without commission, so we can confirm that all proceeds will go to the Prospect Hospice. The target price is £3000 - that's a whole lot of sculpture for your money!


We will be accepting offers during the exhibition with the sculpture going to the highest bidder on closing day.

Email us to place your bid at


At Prospect Hospice we offer unparalleled end-of-life care services for a community of more than 300,000 people in Swindon, Marlborough and north east Wiltshire. Our vision is for excellent, personalised and compassionate care for everyone affected by a life-limiting illness. All care provided by the hospice is free of charge to our patients and their families thanks to generous donations from the local community. Thank you for supporting us.

Taken from Jane Rickards' website.


The carving of White Eagle was my healing process following an illness. The imagery came from a series of dreams I had at the very beginning of a four year long journey of recovery.

The White Eagle is of native American culture and represents the highest spiritual ideas. The figure is me being supported by the unseen force and enabled to get a foothold back on the earth and push back up again in order to greet the new day with joy.

In my lowest of low I had no hope left and felt lost and abandoned. For three years I had had all faith and trust eroded out of me by a descendant of native America, so when I had these dreams and realised their meaning, their beauty and their irony was great enough to penetrate my numbed senses. I had been shown by Self, or whatever name you wish to use, that I had not been abandoned, at all, in fact I had been supported from the deepest level, hidden so deep that it had taken such despair for it to be seen.

I knew I had to carve that awareness into stone to remind myself, and keep reminding myself to this day that everyday is a gift of joy, if one can but remember and be thankful. White Eagle was carved facing East, facing the sunrise and using the sun’s passage throughout the day to bring it to life and harmony.

Avebury 1999

*This piece was written many years ago now but is included here as it still holds true.

The stone is in a private collection. A bronze has been cast, the first of an edition of three.


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