16:02 February 15, 2022
17:34 February 15, 2022
A city’s 40-year-old public art collection has been sold to benefit good causes.
Some 37 paintings making up the permanent collection of the Great Yarmouth and District Society of Artists went under the hammer at Keys in Aylsham as there was nowhere to display them.
They raised £10,400 – a sum which was split between Center 81 and the Sandra Chapman Center at James Paget University Hospital.
“It’s a very happy ending for the collection,” said society president Margaret Carver. “These are two very good local causes and we are absolutely delighted to be able to support them in this way.”
Part of the collection was on display at Gorleston Library for 15 years, but was removed when the library was refurbished.
Since then, all of the images – including works by renowned artists Campbell Mellon, Rowland Fisher and Geoffrey Chatten – have been loaned or put into storage.
“It’s disappointing that there hasn’t been a place to display the collection permanently and that all this talent is tucked away in one store,” Ms Carver said. “We have made the difficult decision to sell the paintings so that they can be enjoyed by new owners.”
The permanent collection was started 40 years ago by Julian Macey to showcase the work of talented local artists, and most of the pieces were purchased from the artists by the company.
Diana Staines, Chief Executive of Center 81, said: ‘This is an extremely generous donation from the company and comes at a time when we are creating an incredible £1.5m facility for our skills centre. and activities and our community transportation service.
“Art plays a big part in the lives of many of our members with disabilities, who derive excitement and great pleasure from the creative process.
“It’s wonderful to know that the sale of decades of work by such incredibly talented local people will play a part in the future of Center 81.”
Maxine Taylor, Charity Coordinator at James Paget University Hospital, said: “We are extremely grateful for this fantastic donation from society which will be used to purchase two chemotherapy treatment chairs for the Sandra Chapman Centre.”