Art fair raises more than £55k for hospice
AN East Cheshire Hospice art fair has raised £55,481 for the charity. The arts and crafts exhibition, held at the Town Hall in Macclesfield, is a biennial event organised entirely by volunteers.
Fio Brereton, chairman, said: “We had a fabulous art fair and would like to thank everyone who contributed towards its success in so many ways.
“It is recognised as one of the most respected art events in the North West, attracting thousands of visitors to Macclesfield, including Terry Waite, a patron of the hospice who this year visited the exhibition and gave a talk to the community.”
More than 100 local and regional artists showcased work at the fair and items sold included high quality original paintings as well as ceramics, sculpture, photography, limited edition prints, textiles, woodcraft, handmade jewellery and cards.
Art Fair 2014 also
Ireceived a royal seal of approval, with HRH the Prince of Wales donating a limited edition artist’s proof of one of his own watercolour paintings. The signed limited edition lithograph, entitled ‘The Castle of Mey’, was sold at auction for £4,700. Fio Brereton says: “We were delighted that the Prince of Wales donated a picture to Art Fair 2014.
“Each exhibiting artist also donates a proportion from the sale of his or her work to East Cheshire Hospice with some generously donating a piece of artwork.
“The event wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of supporters and sponsors, including McCann Manchester, and I’d like to thank them all for their assistance.
“The hospice is an exceptionally valuable part of our community and the success of the art fair means we’re helping towards the care of patients with life-limiting illnesses.”