Art pays for repairs

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Painting by Trevor Aisher

The August Bank holiday weekend saw the annual art exhibition in Winchelsea in aid of the Millennium Artefacts Fund, with almost 100 paintings by over 30 Winchelsea artists hung on display, as well as pottery and jewellery.

Painting by a pupil at St Thomas's School, Winchelsea
Painting by a pupil at St Thomas’s School, Winchelsea

Exhibits ranged from the semi-professional oil paintings of former resident Trevor Aisher to the “enthusiastic” efforts of members of the Winchelsea Artists’ Group. There were also excellent paintings by pupils at St Thomas’s primary school.

Despite appalling weather on the last day of the exhibition, which deterred visitors, 27 paintings were sold over the weekend, raising about £800 for the Millennium Artefacts Fund. This is a pool of money which pays for the maintenance of the Winchelsea Town Sign and other projects commemorating the Millennium.

The money from the exhibition will be particularly welcome this year as the fund is having to pay for repairs to the Millennium Tapestry from which someone cut a panel. It will also be paying for more work on the Millennium Town Sign. When this was erected in 2000, some unwise shortcuts resulted in a plinth which has allowed water to penetrate to the base of the supporting post, which has consequently suffered from rot.

Winchelsea Town Sign
Winchelsea Town Sign