Charity fair set to of­fer art for hospice’s sake

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS - EMMA CURRY

VOL­UN­TEERS are busy be­hind the scenes or­gan­is­ing a charity art fair.

They are hard at work to pre­pare for this year’s event in aid of East Cheshire Hospice, which pro­vides care and sup­port for peo­ple with ter­mi­nal ill­nesses.

The fair, at which work will be for sale, will take place at Mac­cles­field Town Hall be­tween Fri­day, Septem­ber 16, and Sun­day, Septem­ber 25, with more than 100 lo­cal and re­gional artists show­cas­ing their work.

This will in­clude pieces by es­tab­lished painters Ben Kelly and Jenny Hirst and in­ter­na­tional tex­tile artist Louise Gardiner.

Fio Br­ere­ton, chair of the art fair, said: “We’re de­lighted to be host­ing our bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion, which raises much­needed funds for East Cheshire Hospice.

“In 2014 we raised over £55,000 and this year we aim to make even more to sup­port the im­por­tant role of art ther­apy at the Hospice.”

This year, or­gan­is­ers hope the bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion, which was first held in 1999, will build on the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous years.

On dis­play will be orig­i­nal paint­ings, sculp­ture, limited edi­tion prints, wood­craft and hand­made jew­ellery.

There will also be sev­eral spe­cial events, as well as art tours of the ex­hi­bi­tion and a café sell­ing hot drinks and home­made cakes, so vis­i­tors can take a break while they browse.

Fio added: “We want as many adults and chil­dren as pos­si­ble to visit and en­joy the show.

“More than 35 per cent from ev­ery piece sold goes di­rectly to the hospice, with some artists do­nat­ing 100pc of the pro­ceeds to the charity.

“The more art we sell, the more money we make for this hugely im­por­tant com­mu­nity re­source.

“It costs more than £7,500 a day to run but re­ceives less than 20pc fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment, so it’s vi­tally im­por­tant the art fair is a suc­cess.”

There will be an of­fi­cial open­ing evening from 6pm to 9pm on Fri­day, Septem­ber 16, then the fair will be open from 10.30am to 5pm on week­days, 10.30am to 4.30pm on Satur­days, 11am to 2pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 18, and 10am to 3pm on Sun­day 25.

Artists tours will be held at 11am on Satur­day, Septem­ber 17, Mon­day 19 and Thurs­day 22, and there will be an artists’ evening on Tues­day 20 and a ‘late and live’ event on Fri­day 23, both be­tween 6pm and 9pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.theartof­car­ing. org.uk.

●● Juras­sic Coast by Jenny Hirst, one of the artists who will have pieces at the charity fair

●● Fio Br­ere­ton, chair of the Art Fair, is de­lighted to be hold­ing the event again

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