Re­viv­ing An Artist’s Birth­place

Two ma­jor events hap­pen at Gains­bor­ough’s House this au­tumn that art lovers will not want to miss

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GAINS­BOR­OUGH’S House in Sud­bury is of­fer­ing art lovers an un­miss­able op­por­tu­nity to browse and buy orig­i­nal art, in the knowl­edge that they’ll be help­ing to bring a ma­jor new arts venue to the county.

Re­viv­ing An Artist’s Birth­place - Art Week at Gains­bor­ough’s House, com­prises two events, an art fair and an art auc­tion, de­signed to give art lovers, lo­cally and glob­ally, the op­por­tu­nity to bid for or buy orig­i­nal works of art and help raise the £8.5 mil­lion needed to cre­ate a Na­tional Cen­tre for Thomas Gains­bor­ough, on the site of Gains­bor­ough’s House. Pro­ceeds from both events will help close the gap on the fundraising tar­get. The project has al­ready gained sup­port, but as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mark Bills ex­plains, a fur­ther £1.2 mil­lion is needed by March 2018 to bring the project to fruition.

“It’s a great chal­lenge but we hope that Art Fair, along with our Art Auc­tion also tak­ing place in Art Week, will give all those with a love of art a unique op­por­tu­nity to bid for or buy a won­der­ful, orig­i­nal work – what­ever their bud­get – and in do­ing so be part of this ex­cit­ing and am­bi­tious project.”


The fair will fea­ture more than 100 orig­i­nal paint­ings and prints do­nated by artists from across the UK, as well as work by mem­bers of the mu­seum’s Print Work­shop, cre­ated in the work­shop. You can browse silkscreen prints, wood­cuts, etch­ings, litho­prints and more from artists such as Carl Borges, Emma Buck­mas­ter, Michael Carlo, Megan Fish­pool, Colin Gale and Bryan White­ley.

The fair also in­cludes paint­ings by Chris Ben­nett, Tyrel Broad­bent, Mark Caza­let, Stephen Cham­bers RA, Luke El­wes, Jelly Green, Ol­wen Jones, Tessa New­comb, Sarah Nut­ley, Gra­ham Rust, Gay Strutt and Ju­lia Vezza.

The Au­tumn Art Fair takes place at the Old Labour Ex­change in Weavers Lane, Sud­bury (the pro­posed site of the Na­tional Cen­tre for Thomas Gains­bor­ough) Oc­to­ber 14-20: Open daily from 10am – 5pm (Sun­day 11am – 5pm). Free en­try all week and late night open­ing on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 19 un­til 8pm


Works by Antony Gorm­ley, Maggi Ham­bling, John Hoy­land, David In­shaw, Sarah Lu­cas, Julian Opie and Wil­liam Pye will be among those of more than 100 Bri­tish artists to go un­der the ham­mer. The auc­tion is spear­headed by Maggi Ham­bling and An­drew Lam­birth, and sup­ported by Colch­ester­based Ree­man Dan­sie auc­tion­eers and Nether­gate Wines. Maggi Ham­bling, a pa­tron of Gains­bor­ough’s House, said that since gal­leries couldn’t ex­ist with­out artists,

it was fit­ting that artists had re­sponded so whole­heart­edly to sup­port­ing a new Na­tional Cen­tre for Thomas Gains­bor­ough.

The Con­tem­po­rary & Post War Bri­tish Art Auc­tion will take place on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 20 from 6.30pm at The As­sem­bly Rooms, Town Hall, Sud­bury CO10 1TL.

Auc­tion tick­ets are £25 and in­clude re­fresh­ments and a cat­a­logue.

A se­lec­tion of works to be of­fered at auc­tion will be on dis­play at Gains­bor­ough’s House Oc­to­ber 14–19.

From Oc­to­ber 1 you can browse the auc­tion cat­a­logue on­line at the-sale­ and you can bid at www.the-sale­ gains­bor­ough

For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets con­tact Gains­bor­ough’s House on T: 01787 372958 or email jack­ieb@gains­bor­ Dur­ing Art Week en­try to Gains­bor­ough’s House and our her­itage Gar­den will be free.

North Sea Ris­ing by Maggi Ham­bling

Great Leighs by Bryan White­ley

Sky Dance by John Hoy­land

Colin Gale with his print for the art fair

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