An artist is taking on an ambitious new project to portray events and places at the “heart of Skegness life” - and raise vital funds for the town’s RNLI lifeboat in the process.
Malcolm Tait is creating a series of larger colour sketches aimed at promoting the Evening Gallery space at the Embassy Theatre while also generating cash for the lifesaving maritime charity.
An exhibition of the work is set to go on display from February to May, but people hoping to get a sneak peak will be able to enjoy two completed images at special events in December.
The paintings of the ‘Clock Tower’ and ‘Skegness Lifeboats’ will be viewable at the Embassy Centre’s art fair on December 1, and again at the town’s Barclays bank on December 20.
There are six images planed at present. As well as the already completed Clock Tower and lifeboats images, a third featuring donkeys on the beach is underway, while the fourth will be a triptych or three of the stained glass windows from St Matthew’s Church.
A street scene from Skegness Carnival and a compilation of the Arcades of Skegness are also planned, with a seventh image yet to be decided which will be chosen by votes from those registering online.
The project can also be followed in the virtual world and commented on through the blog http://ahardworkingartist.wordpress.com, or through Malcolm’s website www.malcolmtait.com.
You can also follow Malcolm on twitter to be advised when new and revised images can be viewed and you can watch the event come together.
Cash raised through the sale of prints and the original works will be split, with two-thirds of the money going to the lifeboats and the remainder helping fund future projects at the gallery.
“All of the images are made on paper with charcoal acrylic and pastel, which is then bonded to rigid boards and varnished, a technique Malcolm has used in the past,” said a spokesperson.
“The works will be for sale by sealed bids. There is no reserve on any of the works so you could bag yourself a bargain.”
To be part of the project and have an opportunity to purchase prints, you must register with the project.
No money is required to register - simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After doing so you will be kept up to date with events as work is completed towards the exhibition.
Registering also gets you a free invitation to the preview on February 14 when you will be able to view the works at the exhibition before committing to buy a print.