Suffolk Art Society keen to build on momentum behind charity exhibitions after strong start to summer show in Long Melford
A county-wide art group has voiced its delight with the momentum behind its new foray into charity fundraising, after a strong start to its latest display in Long Melford.
The summer exhibition of the Suffolk Art Society kicked off at the village’s Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, showcasing and selling the work of 50 artists.
As with the organisation’s exhibition in Lavenham, a portion of the proceeds from the two-week event in Long Melford will be donated to St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Society chairman Julie Iveson said 35 pieces of art had already been sold in the first four days, and they looked forward to welcoming more visitors over the coming days.
“This has been a new venture for us,” she told Suffolk News. “We’ve not supported an individual charity before, but we decided that, this year, as sales have been strong, it would be good to give some of our profits to charity.
“We put it to our members and the consensus was to support St Nicholas Hospice, which has lost vast sums of money because of Covid.
“It has been a really difficult time for them, so they were absolutely thrilled when we said we would give 20 per cent of our net profit to them at the end of the year.
“The sales at the Lavenham event were above and beyond our expectations. We managed to raise about £500 from that.
“With the state of economic affairs as it is, we were expecting a quieter year for sales, but Lavenham seemed to buck that trend.
“It’s still early days in Long Melford but we really hope that, by the end of the year, we will have a very nice cheque to present to the hospice.”
The Suffolk Art Society will host its third fundraising event at St Edmundsbury Cathedral from the end of October.
The Long Melford exhibition continues each day from 9.30am to 6pm, until it concludes on August 7 at 4pm.