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Saturday, October 27, 2012
An art exhibition and sale that marks the culmination of Swaffham’s month-long Visual Arts Festival took in more than £3,000 on its opening night.
The weekend-long event at the town’s assembly rooms was officially opened by Swaffham mayor Terry Jennison and South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss on Friday evening.
The exhibition started life as a show in Mundford in 1995, since when it has raised £75,000 for local, national and international charities.
Founding president Malcolm Whittley said: “It’s a most wonderful venue for the art exhibition because of the quality of the building. It’s an ideal venue, and gradually we have increased the quality over the years.
“A cross section of the community has come. A lot of children have come which is very pleasing for us because we believe in making art appeal to young people.”
The exhibition, which concludes on Sunday, includes scenes of London during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics as well as Swaffham and Norfolk landscapes, mixed-material pieces, sculpture and ceramics.
There is also an elephant in the room, made of boiler lining and tin cans, and created by Tom Hiscocks.
The exhibition features 294 paintings and prints by more than 70 artists, with prices ranging from £15 to £2,250. It is open from 10am to 4pm on its final day, Sunday October 28.