Art fair raises more than £55k for hospice

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY -

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.”

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