Midhurst artworks looking for a new home

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A HUGE painting of public transport, five floor-to-ceiling panels and an impressive wall ceramic are just three of the pieces of art looking for a new home as bulldozers prepare to demolish the Grange Day Centre.

They were all created by members of West Sussex County Council’s day care centre which operated for more than 30 years after 
the centre was built and opened in 1978.

There was major controversy when the county council announced it was to axe the service, but despite a hard-fought campaign, the day centre closed some three years ago.

But a band of volunteers formed Rother Valley Together, running a lunch and activity club managed by Petra Lynn.

They have been operating out of the former day centre 
at the Grange with the artwork of former days around them.

But it is to close on February 10 and the club is moving to the new centre.

Petra told the Observer: “Sadly we may have to leave behind some of the artwork that has been lovingly created for the building over years. The new centre doesn’t have the wall space to accommodate the works and I am desperate to find the collection good homes.”

There are 46 smaller pictures and 15 large pieces looking for a new home.

“It would be fabulous if we could keep them in the area.”

The works include an embroidered picture depicting local landmarks and places of interest including the Cowdray Ruins, Goodwood, Chichester and the seaside.

Petra said: “Three members of the group responsible for the picture still regularly attend the centre – Joan Vinall, John Dudman and Caroline Bentz.

“Caroline is particularly keen that it should find a good home. It was created to mark the Millennium and took months to complete’.

“There is also a pottery mural entitled Travel through The Ages which was a joint project with staff and members of the Grange and Artability South East. They were also responsible for five large panels at the far end of the main hall.

“Art and craft continue to be a large part of RVT’s activities. We have weekly art and pottery sessions here and woodwork, 
cookery, basketwork and flower-arranging.”

If anyone would like to see the pieces or help relocate them, they should call Petra or Emma on 01730816267.

See all the pictures in this week’s Midhurst and Petworth Observer, out January 30.




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