In what was an extraordinarily creative evening celebrating 25 years of The Colour Factory Artists’ Studios, the group also raised funds for the small charity Niemann-Pick UK. The Colour Factory were thrilled with the numbers who attended and the whole atmosphere on the night was totally inspiring. Mayor Eleanor Bell as well as over 140 guests from Winchester and the surrounding counties, enjoyed this first ever live art event in Winchester. In an exciting and unique evening at The Colour Factory, artists were set up with easels, canvasses and a whole variety of art materials. The Live Art challenge consisted of 2 rounds with 6 budding artists followed by 6 professional artists painting under the trees and in the garden in 30-minute timed slots.
It was a thrill for everyone to see artworks appear from blank canvasses revealing lots of different art techniques on all sorts of themes by both students and professional artists. Says Rosie Parmley: “…we were especially proud of the budding artists from our classes and workshops who took part demonstrating how The Colour Factory bring on artists to reach such high standards encouraging and inspiring through creativity…’’
At the end of the evening the live art paintings were put into a silent auction and went to the highest bidders. The Colour Factory artists donated their own original artwork.
Artist and founder Jenny Muncaster, commented: “…the celebration displayed The Colour Factory’s love and passion for art and how creativity can lift us all…’’
We are thrilled to say that the evening raised an incredible sum of £2,210 with the total amount donated all going to Niemann-Pick UK!
About The Colour Factory:
The Colour Factory is now a well-established creative Hub in Winchester City. It is an idyllic spot for creativity, consisting of studios, a gallery, and a classroom workshop in their beautiful beach themed garden. The Colour Factory artists are famous locally for their beautiful collection of painted bollards in Winchesters ‘The Square’ which have become world renowned. The team includes professional artists and makers Jenny Muncaster, Rachael Alexander, Rosie Parmley, Michael Weller, Jessica Kidby and Carol Wade.
The Colour Factory art classes are very popular and provide unique opportunities to learn from professional artists who share their practice and passion in small, friendly classes over tea and cake in an idyllic garden setting. They have supported and encouraged numerous artists and continue to provide a fantastic arts resource for Winchester. The artists also travel throughout the UK with the many workshops and classes they do from painting, mixed media art, Jewellery and Silversmithing.
Why did we want to raise money for Niemann -Pick charity?
The Colour Factory decided it would be a great way to celebrate their story while raising awareness for Niemann-Pick disease(s), and contribute funds on behalf of Georgina who regularly attends classes at The Colour Factory. Georgina’s young daughter Matilda has this rare neuro-degenerative disease, and we hope that the celebration displayed by The Colour Factory shows both our love and passion for art, and also how creativity can lift us all.
About the charity NPUK: www.npuk.org: