AN ORGANISATION which raises funds to help out galleries is holding a cultural evening in a lovely historical setting in July.
The Art Fund is having its summer evening at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick on July 20. On arrival, visitors will have wine and canapés in the courtyard of the 14th century timber-framed building which in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I housed old warriors, and is now an independent charity housing ex-servicemen.
The Master of the hospital, Lt Col Gerald Lesinski, will welcome guests and, if weather permits, lead a tour of the centuries-old garden.
After this, in the Great Hall the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra violinist, Byron Parish and viola player, Cathy Bower, will perform a half-hour recital of Mozart and Bartok.
Then, the national director of the Art Fund, Stephen Deuchar, formerly head of Tate Britain, will discuss his “Desert Island” choice of paintings. He will share his passion for art and talk about the valuable role played by the Art Fund, which recently announced an increase in funding to museums and galleries by over fifty per cent, from £4.5 million to £7 million a year by 2014.
The evening starts at 7pm, and is open to Art Fund members and people who may consider joining, for a discount available on the night. Call 01564 773825 for tickets at £20, including wine and canapés on arrival.
The Art Fund’s proceeds from membership and events goes towards helping museums and galleries buy and show works of art for public collections, and beneficiaries in the Coventry and Warwickshire area include the Mead Gallery, The Herbert and Leamington Art Gallery and Museum.