Chance to pick up unique artwork

Art-lovers will have the chance to pick up a unique piece of work at a charity auction this spring.

The auction and exhibition will feature more than 30 lots by artists from Barrington Farm, an art centre on the North Norfolk coast at Walcott, for adults with learning difficulties.

St Margaret’s Church in St Benedict’s Street, Norwich will be the venue for the exhibition, which runs April 21-25, with the auction there on the Friday evening. This will be hosted by retired surveyor and auctioneer Peter Rushmer, from North Norfolk.

Outsider Art, as it is known, has become increasingly popular in the past few years thanks to high profile exhibitions in London by The Museum of Everything and documentaries such as BBC2’s Imagine programme. It is also highly collectible.

Organiser Sarah Ballard said: “We are giving people locally the chance to become a collector of some of the UK’s finest outsider art being made here in Norfolk. Work will include unique, original, inspiring, self taught prints, paintings, drawings and ceramics.

Artists from Barrington Farm are by no means new to the local, national and international art scene.

Large-scale paintings by Barbara Symmons have been on show at Prague Biennale, Salthouse and Norwich Assembly House, Michael Smith has seen his works in the Museum of Everything and the Museum of Modern Art Dublin and Ian Partridge the Whitworth Gallery Manchester and Eastern Open.

Now Sarah is hoping to encourage a wider audience for the work locally. “The estimates for the auction range from £10 – £1000 as we’d like everyone to have the chance to own one of these amazing works of art,” said Sarah.

The poster for the event includes a drawing by the late Roy Collinson, who used richly-coloured, intense, uninhibited and illuminating styles in his work, which incorporate visions of imaginary places, film and TV characters, as well as friends and staff at Barrington Farm.

The Barrington Farm art studio supports more than 40 artists with learning difficulties. Founded in 1987, it is one of few art centres of its kind in the UK and has gained an international reputation as a centre of excellence for Outsider Art.

The artists will receive 60% of sale price with a percentage also going to the The Barrington Farm Trust, which was established in 2010 to deliver high-quality projects that improve the lives of people with learning difficulties in North Norfolk through social, educational and recreational activities.

The exhibition is open 10am-5pm, Monday-Thursday, 10am-7pm on the Friday, with the auction from 7-9pm. The catalogue is £2 on the door or download from www.roarart.com. Emailed bids will be accepted via roar_art@hotmail.com before 6pm on Friday, April 25.


Contact
Sarah Ballard on 07193 282974 or email Roar_art@hotmail.com for more information or see website.

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