International artist Dr Suzi Morris to donate 50% of artwork proceeds to fund COVID-19 vaccine

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International artist Dr Suzi Morris has pledged to donate 50% of all proceeds from her latest artworks toward Imperial College London’s COVID-19 Research Fund.

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International artist Dr Suzi Morris has pledged to donate 50% of all proceeds from her latest artworks toward Imperial College London’s COVID-19 Research Fund.

The British university is carrying out clinical trials starting this week as it joins a host of nations to find a vaccine to stop the spread of coronavirus. This month, Tampa General Hospital also announced it would be joining America’s national effort to combat the virus and was launching its own independent research study.

Releasing a PSA video this week, Dr Suzi Morris, who featured in the acclaimed documentary “The Residency” made a passionate plea, and shared her personal story of combatting viral keratitis, which can lead to blindness.

Dr Suzi Morris in the video explains her desire to help fund the research project that Imperial College London has undertaken, but also talks more in-depth about how she sees viruses, and their impact on the wider community.

Dr Suzi Morris PSA for COVID-19 research

Dr Suzi Morris in the video says: “We need to bring this lockdown to an end and to do this we need science to bring us mass testing and a vaccine. Imperial College are playing a leading role in this global effort, so I am asking people to please make a donation, no matter how small.”

She also talks about her affiliation with the British university, their work, and her unique artistic perspective of how she perceives viruses in what she calls ‘The Viral Sublime.’

With global efforts to find a cure for the virus, this public call-to-action was coordinated and produced by UK film production company Fact Not Fiction Films. With the help of remote editing teams and the participation of the university, the PSA was released this week.

CEO of Fact Not Fiction Films, Tristan Loraine said: “With the current limitations placed on all filming activities, Suzi had to learn how to use an unfamiliar camera with some remote input from us. She did a great job. Imperial College kindly supplied us with archive footage and we were able to get the job done. It’s a very important initiative and we are pleased to be supporting it.”

To find out more about Dr Suzi Morris, visit her website and explore her latest paintings on Instagram.

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