Talented artists will be showcasing their handiwork while bringing a splash of colour to charity during a series of exhibitions.
The Suffolk Art Society has three dates in the diary and this year’s charity partner is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). Exhibitions are being held in Lavenham, Long Melford and Bury St Edmunds and 20% of the net profit will go to EACH, which supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.
“Our artists are amazingly talented and these exhibitions are a wonderful vehicle for showcasing their work,” said Suffolk Art Society chairperson Julie Iveson. “However, it’s also lovely to help others and lend our support to worthy causes, not to mention the churches that kindly host us. Last year was the first time we’d supported a charity and we ended up raising £1,400. We were thrilled and are now excited about supporting EACH – a wonderful cause and one that helps and supports so many children, young people and families across East Anglia.
“When we asked members to nominate their favourite charities, it was right at the forefront along with St Nicholas Hospice Care and the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Even people who don’t necessarily plan to buy a painting will enjoy coming along and supporting a good cause.”
The society’s Spring exhibition is taking place at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Lavenham, from 20th May to 4th June. Next up is the Summer exhibition, at Holy Trinity Church, in Long Melford, from 21st July to 6th August. The Autumn exhibition then follows at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, from 20th October to 28th October. Entry is free and artists will be giving demonstrations to show how their art evolves.
“Each exhibition will feature around 60 artists, showcasing a real selection and diverse mix of styles,” added Julie. “There’s something for everyone and people can buy pieces on the day. The artist then replaces it straightaway, so the exhibition is changing and evolving all the time. Some of the pieces are framed and others unframed, ranging in price from £30 to oil masterpieces worth several hundred pounds. It means there’s something for all tastes and budgets.”
New members are always welcome to join the society. For more information head to www.suffolkartsociety.co.uk
Notes to Editors
“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”
- We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
- We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).