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Monday, 18 January 2016

Art auction will boost centre funds

Helmsley Arts Centre hosts a grand art auction to raise vital funds for its ongoing work and upkeep on Friday 29 January at 7.30pm.

Paintings and drawings by well-known local artists will be on sale during the ticketed event.

The collection has been generously donated by Jean Kershaw MBE and other collectors, and includes work by celebrated Yorkshire artists including Sir Martyn Beckett, Sir David Goodall, Alan Hitchcock, Patrick Nuttgens and Carolyn Smith.  A total of 40 lots will go under the hammer on the evening but can be seen before then at the centre on certain days with the opportunity to make advance bids.

Event tickets cost £5 and include a glass of wine. Martin Vander Weyer will act as official auctioneer.
Helmsley Arts Centre opened in 1992 and re-opened in its current form in 2001, after recovering — thanks to strong local support — from a major fire. It is a thriving performance venue for theatre, music, dance, talks, cinema and live broadcasts, exhibitions, classes and a range of creative activities for children. Professionally led but sustained by volunteers, donors and patrons, it offers a unique facility in rural North Yorkshire.

Centre director Em Whitfield-Brooks said: “There are some stunning works of art available, and we hope to see lots of people at the event on 29th, or to come and view the exhibition in advance.

“We receive no public funding towards our core costs and it costs a significant amount of money just to keep the arts centre’s doors open. Fundraising events such as these are vital to ensure we can keep bringing world-class artists to the local area, as well as providing a focus for community activity, ensuring there is a cultural future for our children and grandchildren.”

Further information about seeing the lots in advance and the bidding process is available by emailing boxoffice@helmsleyarts.co.uk or telephoning 01439 771700.

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