An art gallery is to open in the former Thicket Pub on Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, which will raise money for the Upper Norwood Joint Library.
Local developer Lightbox is opening the gallery as part of the residential re- development of the former pub, in conjunction with Bigger Picture Gallery. The Ticket gallery will be free for everyone to browse and enjoy a wide variety of different styles of artwork, showcasing some of the best talent from the thriving artistic community in Crystal Palace and the surrounding area.
There will be a wide range of works available for purchase from limited edition prints to large one-off original oil paintings, and the opportunity to meet the artists.
The artists exhibiting include Angelique Hartigan, Michael Burles, Roy Peterson, Amanda Bracken, Staffan Gnosspelius, Liz Charsley-Jory, Dan McDermott, Tim Goffe and Guy Beggs.
Lightbox director Neville De Souza, a resident of Gipsy Hill, said: “The ground and lower ground floors of the newly restored building should make a wonderful exhibition space with its high ceilings and large feature windows that flood the interior with light. Lightbox are donating the space for free and any commission raised from the sale of artwork is being donated to the Upper Norwood Joint Library on Westow Hill.”
The gallery will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays from June 15 until August 11.
Robert Gibson, speaking on behalf of the Upper Norwood Library Campaign, said: “This is a very generous initiative from a community-orientated developer and our local artists.
“Crystal Palace is very proud of its unique independent library which serves all five boroughs of Crystal Palace. The entire community has rallied round to protect it. Local musicians have already raised money for the library and now our artists. It makes me very proud to be a resident of Crystal Palace.”
Hartigan said the ethos behind The Bigger Picture Gallery is to make art accessible to the community and residents of the district and bringing artists together. “We will assist in sustaining a significant arts movement and hope to return our local area to the cultural destination that it once was,” she said.
“We are also providing a network for individuals who often work in isolation to interact and share ideas.”
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