Reviving An Artist’s Birthplace
Two major events happen at Gainsborough’s House this autumn that art lovers will not want to miss
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.”
AUTUMN ART FAIR, OCTOBER 14-20
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
CONTEMPORARY & POST WAR BRITISH ART AUCTION, OCTOBER 20
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-saleroom.com and you can bid at www.the-saleroom.com/ gainsborough
For more information and tickets contact Gainsborough’s House on T: 01787 372958 or email email@example.com 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