Artists donate work to support local arts group

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An internationally renowned artist has donated work to be auctioned in support of a local arts organisation.

Alan Rankle has given a limited edition print to Hastings Arts Forum for its upcoming Art Auction, which features alongside a photograph by the esteemed and widely collected Bruce Rae.

These collectable items add to the work donated by many other local artists and will come under the hammer at 2pm on Saturday April 1 at the Forum’s gallery at 36 Marina, St Leonards.

John Cole, a Hastings Arts Forum trustee, said: “We are delighted that artists of Alan Rankle and Bruce Rae’s stature and reputation are supporting us by donating their work. Hastings Arts Forum is a charitable organisation and does not receive any outside funding. It is entirely dependent on membership fees, sales commissions and fundraising activities – most especially the annual auction. Therefore, we cannot overstate the importance of the support we have received from Alan and Bruce.

“However, the auction not only offers us the opportunity to raise much-needed funds, but also offers artists from the area an opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to a wider audience and, for people interested in contemporary art, access to the work of a broad range of local artists.”

All donated work will be exhibited at Hastings Arts Forum’s gallery. Opening hours are every day except Monday from 11–5pm.

The trustees are holding two preview events on the evenings of Friday March 24 and 31 when people can view with a glass of wine.

Sealed bids for the items can be taken prior to the event. All items that have been donated for the auction can be found on the Arts Forum’s website: www.hastingsartsforum. A printed catalogue is available now at the gallery and the items can also be found on Twitter: @hastingsarts #hafauction17

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