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Grand Art Auction to raise funds for Helmsley Arts Centre

Helmsley Arts Centre is to host a Grand Art Auction to raise vital funds for its ongoing work and upkeep.

Taking place at a ticketed event on Friday 29th January at 7.30pm, paintings and drawings by well-known local artists will be available to purchase.

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. There are 40 lots in the sale, with artworks to suit all tastes. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Arts Centre.

The lots are on display at the Arts Centre until 29th January, on a Tuesday and Sunday (11am to 3pm), and on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (10am to 3pm). Bids can be made in advance by completing a bidding form and handing it into the Box Office, or by emailing boxoffice@helmsleyarts.co.uk or telephoning 01439 771700.

Tickets for the auction evening cost £5 and include a glass of wine. Martin Vander Weyer will act as official auctioneer.

Helmsley Arts Centre first 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.

Em Whitfield-Brooks, director at Helmsley Arts Centre, said: “We are extremely grateful to Jean Kershaw for donating this wonderful collection to us, and very proud to now be offering it to the people of the region. 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.”

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