Gallery presents cheque to RNLI

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A gallery which started its residence in a Skegness shopping centre as essentially a pop-up fixture, has managed to draw a staggering 16,500 people through the door and raise hundreds for a local charity, it has emerged.

The aptly named H-Art Gallery in the Hildreds Centre launched on January 27 and now looks set to become a permanent fixture thanks to its success.

“I’m delighted with how well the gallery has been received. Skegness is more than just a bucket and spade town and it has shown there is a growing place for art and culture in the area,” said John Byford. “The gallery has been be really successful and it has given artists a place to not only showcase their work but help raise money for an important charity.”

Ten per cent has been donated from all sales of art in the gallery, ensuring a bumper windfall for the Skegness RNLI to aid in its lifeboat fund.

And to mark how well the gallery has done, a group of artists, curators John Byford and Steve Andrew, plus Pete Roffe and the centre staff, presented a cheque to the lifeboat crew for £515 last Thursday. The sum was raised from the sale of more then 30 artworks displayed at the gallery.

“We can’t thank enough the Hildreds’ staff and everyone who helped put this gallery together, including the artists and the public. The donation is very gratefully received and we are always appreciative of anyone who helps the RNLI with the lifeboat fund,” said Ray Chapman, a coxswain with the RNLI.

The presentation was made during the gallery’s latest exhibition of Michael Roffe’s work ‘Ships and the Sea’, and he has very generously chosen to donate 20 per cent of the takings from every painting sold.

The Stamford-based artist held his exhibition from last Thursday and it ran until yesterday (Tuesday).