Monday, 24 September 2012

Watching the heavy rain today, and listening to the news on Radio Four of more floods around Britain, I was reminded of an email sent to me by the lovely artist, Kate Lycett, who lives in Hebden Bridge. The town was hit by not just one, but two catastrophic floods this summer and residents and businesses alike were badly affected.

In an effort to renovate and regenerate this vibrant community, there's a  wonderful event happening at the new town hall in Hebden Bridge on Friday 28 September (time to be confirmed). Many of the artists and makers who live there, and quite a few that don't, but love the town, have donated beautiful things to be auctioned (see some images below).

Everyone is invited to visit and take part. To find out more, please go to their Facebook page at, or visit the town hall website at for more information about the auction.

Thursday, 6 September 2012


Crimson Rose in a blue glass vase, by Malcolm Croft

Every two years a very special art exhibition takes place in Macclesfield to raise money for the East Cheshire Hospice.

This year Art Fair 2012 is from 28 September to 6 October, 10am - 5pm daily.

Don't miss this opportunity to see work by over 90 established artists, including Timothy Gustard, Ian Jarman, Caroline Bailey, Jenny Matthews and Malcolm Croft. This year there is also a Gift Gallery selling high-quality prints, cards, textiles, jewellery and ceramics, so plenty to enjoy.

All works are for sale and 30% is donated directly to East Cheshire Hospice.

The Artist's Evening on Tuesday 2 October (6-9pm) gives you the opportunity to meet some of the artists and maybe sit for a portrait too! Refreshments are available throughout Art Fair 2012, so please drop by for a cup of tea and a chance to browse and buy.