Auction will feature leading artists

Keiron Pim Painters including Colin Self, Susan Gunn and John Kiki are contributing works to an exhibition and charity auction that has been organised by Maureen Leveton, who is a fundraiser for the Norfolk Autistic Society.

Keiron Pim

Children and adults with autism are set to benefit from the generosity of some of Norfolk's leading artists.

Painters including Colin Self, Susan Gunn and John Kiki are contributing works to an exhibition and charity auction that has been organised by Maureen Leveton, who is a fundraiser for the Norfolk Autistic Society.

Her husband Barry is well known to local artists as a restorer and framer of paintings and the family's links with people such as pop artist Colin Self inspired the show, which will run at the Assembly House in Norwich next week, from Tuesday to Saturday.Colin will officially open the exhibition and has donated two works entitled Rabbit in Hutch and The Tourist. Other artists taking part include Ivy Smith, James Colman and Diana Surridge.

“We have got around 60 pieces of art on show,” said Maureen. “About half of them will be for sale in our auction.

“Colin promised to ask several of his friends, such as Susan Gunn, Bruer Tidman, John Kiki, Mark Cator and James Colman, to get involved and he has come up with the goods, which is super.”

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The auction will take place on Monday April 7 at 7.30pm, and will be conducted by Martyn Fox, of Keys' auctioneers. For some paintings 100pc of the proceeds will go to the charity, whereas others will be split 50/50 between the charity and the artist.

Maureen worked for the Norfolk Autistic Society for five years as an administrator. When she retired she continued fundraising for the society, which is based in the Charing Cross Centre in Norwich's St John Maddermarket.

The society aims to help children and adults in Norfolk who have conditions with the autistic spectrum, both through supporting them directly and by offering respite care to ease the burden on their families and carers.

Maureen added that the Assembly House has waived its usual commission it takes on paintings sold in its exhibitions, and the exhibition has had sponsorship from Norwich & Peterborough Building Society, Virgin Money, Jarrold and Ian Couzens Accountants.