A preview of Bury Art Week raising funds for Bury Hospice

PUBLISHED: 17:43 13 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:42 20 February 2013

Shambles Square by Michael Gutteridge

Shambles Square by Michael Gutteridge

An art exhibition in Bury this month will raise money for the town's hospice

Professional and amateur artists will showcase their talents in Bury this month. Organisers of the towns second annual art week hope to top the 20,000 the event raised last year for Bury Hospice.

Work will be displayed from Friday July 15th to Saturday 23rd at the Bury Art Gallery and The Fusilier Museum, both on Moss Street, and all the pieces will be for sale with a minimum of 25 per cent being donated to the hospice.

Organiser Judith Skinner said: There is so much creative and artistic talent in the area and we would like to see even more artists take part, so we can share their work with the local community and raise money to support the work of Bury Hospice. Such a buzz was created around last years event and were keen to continue the enthusiasm this year.

Bury Hospice provides specialised palliative care to patients and families facing terminal illness. In order to maintain and develop its services, Bury Hospice has to raise more than 1.8 million each year and money raised during the Art Week will go towards the Building a New Hospice for Bury campaign which aims to raise the 2.5 million needed to build a brand new modern hospice on Rochdale Road.

Among the 130 artists shortlisted to appear at this years event are Gerry Halpin, a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Art, and Michael Gutteridge who creates surrealist views of Manchester.

Judith added: We are grateful so many people are willing to raise money for the important work Bury Hospice does. Bury Art Week is an exhibition which showcases professional and amateur artists of all media and genre to a wide public and it is an event art lovers and collectors will want to add to their calendar.

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