Stars including Pulp drummer, Prime Minister and Brian Blessed donate to South Yorkshire art project

Famous actors, musicians and even the Prime Minister have donated artwork to sell off as part of a unique fundraising project in aid of Rotherham Hospice.

Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 10:19 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st May 2016, 10:23 am
Ged Omar, project manager for Gallery Town, with some of the artworks.

Drawings, paintings and other designs by actor and adventurer Brian Blessed, Pulp drummer Nick Banks, Rotherham United footballers and David Cameron are among more than 100 pieces of art donated so far as part of a fundraising scheme led by art regeneration project Gallery Town.

The project is aiming to raise funds for the hospice through the sale of the artworks, with each one priced at between £1 and £1,000.

Exhibition and sale dates are yet to be confirmed.

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Ged Omar, Gallery Town project manager, said: “When looking at ways to fundraise for both causes and via the arts we came across similar projects that have been run successfully in other areas.

“We are hoping to have lots more celebrities signed up by the start of the exhibition and we are actively encouraging everyone with an interest to take part.

“It’s a lot of fun and it will make a real difference.”

The artworks received so far are described by project leaders as being extremely varied and include original paintings, pencil drawings, graphic designs, cartoons and photographic prints.

Other celebrities and dignitaries signed up so far for the scheme include prominent artists Pollyanna Pickering and Margaret Clarkson, Coronation Street’s Connor McIntyre, actress Liz White and The Earl of Scarborough among others.

There is no set closing date at present as celebrities are still responding to the project.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the initiative or to submit artwork and help fundraise can email [email protected]

The Gallery Town project hosts more than 100 public art installations in over 60 town centre locations across the country.