Hospice art ex­hi­bi­tion is huge suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

VIS­I­TORS spilled into an art ex­hi­bi­tion be­ing held for East Cheshire Hospice.

The week­end saw the launch of Art Fair 2014 which fea­tures more than 80 artists dis­play­ing their work at Mac­cles­field Town Hall to raise money for the hospice.

Or­gan­is­ers re­ported a busy week­end, es­pe­cially dur­ing a sunny Trea­cle Mar­ket on Sun­day. Artists met vis­i­tors at spe­cial open evenings with wine, canapes and mu­sic. Guest speaker and hospice pa­tron Terry Waite CBE was given a warm wel­come when he at­tended to en­joy a tour of the ex­hi­bi­tion and give a talk about his ex­pe­ri­ences as a for­mer Spe­cial En­voy to The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury and his time as a hostage in Beirut. He brought copies of his books Taken on Trust, an ac­count of his five years in cap­tiv­ity writ­ten in his head dur­ing that time.

Fio Br­ere­ton, chair­man of Art Fair 2014, said: “We were re­ally pleased to wel­come Terry Waite at Art Fair 2014 and hear about what East Cheshire Hospice means to the com­mu­nity.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come to­gether to en­joy art and con­ver­sa­tion, but it’s also about the business of rais­ing money for a very im­por­tant lo­cal char­ity. This year we’re help­ing to raise funds for ad­vanced prac­ti­tioner nurses. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors through­out the fair.”

A signed copy of one of the Prince of Wales’ wa­ter­colour paint­ings called ‘The Cas­tle of Mey’ will be part of a silent auc­tion run­ning through­out the ex­hi­bi­tion. A per­cent­age of the sale price of ev­ery piece of art­work and all sums raised from the sale of do­nated items will go to East Cheshire Hospice.

Art Fair 2014 con­tin­ues un­til Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 4 at Mac­cles­field Town Hall, Mar­ket Place, from 10am to 5pm. For more in­for­ma­tion visit theartof­car­ing.org. uk.

●● Amy John­son ‘milks’ the wicker cow­selfie at the Art Fair 2014

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