Friday, 24 September 2021

Big Art contest at Sue Ryder hospice

BUDDING artists at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed will see their work displayed at a competition

BUDDING artists at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed will see their work displayed at a competition.

Paintings made by patients in day therapy will be on show at the Nettlebed Art and Craft Show, which will be held at the Nettlebed Community School in High Street on Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2.

They will be joined by works made by pupils at the school and inmates at the nearby Huntercombe prison.

The show, which has run for more than 60 years, will be opened by Karen Guy, head of clinical services at the hospice. It will run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Teas and homemade cakes will be available throughout the weekend and there is also free parking for visitors.

Rob Molyneux, co-chairman of the Nettlebed Art Society, said: ?The society was created to give local artists the opportunity to show and sell their work but it also proudly gives all profits to local charities including Sue Ryder Nettlebed hospice.

"We are very excited that we are able to show their work and hope that this will increase awareness of the excellent work Sue Ryder does here in the local community.?

Alison Boyland, a diversional therapist at the hospice, runs weekly art classes. She said: "We do lots of themes throughout the year, including fruit and gardening and we recently did hats for Ascot. It all depends on what the patients want to do.

"We get up to 12 people per week but it varies. Sometimes it's nice to do something completely non-medical and hopefully it's enjoyable too."

The hospice will also host the Big Art contest on Saturday, August 22 and Friday, September 4.

Guests will be able to make their own artwork on the first day and it will be judged on the second day, with the winners having their work framed and displayed at the Lemongrove Gallery in Duke Street, Henley.

All participants will be invited to the gallery for a champagne reception ahead of the exhibition.

Entry on either day costs £15 or £10 for concessions. For more information, visit

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