Charity Art Auction at St Nicholas Church

Sale of works by well-known local artists will benefit church renovation appeal

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The Friends of St Nicholas Church are organising a charity art auction to be held in St Nicholas Church, Church Street, at the west end of Chiswick Mall on Saturday 28 September at 2pm.

Featuring 60 lots of Modern and Contemporary paintings, works on paper and other art works by some 40 different artists, proceeds from the sale will benefit the St Nicholas Church renovation appeal.

print of skittle alley

The auction includes examples by many artists who are or have lived in and around Chiswick in works that celebrate both the local and the legendary. These range from a tightly observed wood cut of a game of skittles at the Black Lion's famed skittle alley in the 1930s by Hugh Cronyn (pictured above, estimate: £150-200), to the brightly coloured image of the cheeky and irrepressible Mickey Mouse by Sir Peter Blake RA ( estimate: £700-900).

Blake's image, done in collaboration with Disney, became one of the defining images of Red Nose Day earlier this year. There is also a second print given by Sir Peter Blake RA in the sale: Games we used to play; things we used to do which celebrates traditional childhood pursuits with Blake's trademark sense of irony.

Local designer Marthe Armitage has donated a work, as has locally based photographer Graham Brandon, (Performance Photographer for the Theatre and Performance Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum) Also in the sale is a commanding portrait in oil of Julian Trevelyan by Hugh Cronyn (below; estimate £300-400).

Besides paintings and works on paper there are two fashion lots – a stylish hand-made fur-felt hat by cutting edge hat maker Max A Hatter and a necklace by Hilary Lines. Two ceramics also feature in the sale – one a vase by recently graduated Camille Biddell (estimate: £60-80), the other, of two beasts by the well-known local ceramicist Claire Ireland (estimate: £100-150)

All the works in the auction have either been donated by the artists or by private collectors. Pre-sale estimates range from as little as £50 up to £900. All the proceeds from the sale will go towards the renovation of the exterior stone work of St Nicholas Church which needs urgent attention.

Francis Ames-Lewis, Chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas Church commented, 'St Nicholas is Chiswick's Parish Church, and there has been a church on this site by the Thames for over 1000 years. The tower, constructed in 1425, is the oldest structure in Chiswick, and we need to ensure that the exterior stonework of the building is properly restored so that it can serve the needs of generations to come.'

Adrian Biddell, who has been involved in sourcing works for the auction and is head of Fine Art at Chiswick Auctions and a committee member of the Friends of St Nicholas Church remarked:
'we are incredibly lucky to be able to draw on such a wealth of artistic talent in and round Chiswick, and artists and donors have been immensely generous in giving to this cause. I am hoping that the auction will get us closer to raising the £500,000 the parish needs to renovate the crumbling stonework of the church.''

Viewing and Auction dates and times
All 60 works will be on view in St Nicholas Church, Church Street, Chiswick, W4 2PH from 12 noon until 9pm on Friday 27th September, and from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 28th September.

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September 7, 2019

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