Why Art Week?
The Borough of Bury has long been associated with celebrating art. Bury Art Gallery, an Edwardian work of art itself, opened in 1901 to house Thomas Wrigley’s large collection of valuable paintings which was given to the town by his family to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Our idea for an Art Week grew out of being able to use these this lovely building to give artists from the north west region and beyond an opportunity to show and sell their art and to link this to supporting the very important work of Bury Hospice.
Funding is vital to Bury Hospice who work unceasingly throughout the year to give the best quality of care and love to those who need them.
The Art Festival is one of the events which supports their work and we are grateful to all the artists who give a percentage of their sales to us and to all sponsors and contributors who donate so generously.
It is also an opportunity to present the best of the region's art and we aim to give renewed enjoyment in seeing recent work of artists who have become familiar friends to the Art Festival as well as being introduced to new contributors - both painters and 3D artists.
We have been delighted by the interest and enjoyment visitors have found and we look forward to offering a feast of art for 2015.
Gerry Halpin MBE MAFA
Bury Art Festival Director of Art
Since joining our team for 2012 Gerry has brought his expertise and good humour to all the preparations for our event. Gerry is well known in the borough and throughout the north west but he also enjoys an international reputation for his modern and contemporary art inspired by the landscape.
Testament to his credentials in the art world is that he is an elected member of The Manchester Academy of Fine Art and a trustee but he is equally and justly proud of the MBE he was awarded for services to art and charity. He received his honour from the Queen in 2010. Gerry’s paintings are in private and corporate collections worldwide as well as appreciated by the public locally. He has had many exhibition venues and one of his paintings was purchased for the permanent collection at Blackburn Art Gallery and he was commissioned to paint a mural for the wall of the Reception Area in the new hospice which was opened in March 2013.
Bury Art Museum
Bury Art Museum is a striking Edwardian building which is a work of art in itself. It was built to be the home of The Wrigley Collection and has developed into a highly regarded centre of international and local art. The Wrigley collection included over 200 oil paintings, watercolours, prints and ceramics. The three children of Thomas Wrigley, a local paper manufacturer, gave the collection to the people of Bury in 1897. The gallery opened in 1901 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Oil paintings include JMW Turner's Calais Sands, Sir Edwin Landseer's The Random Shot, John Constable's Hamstead Heath and George Clauser's Spring Morning. Successive curators have added to this legacy and there is a growing collection of contemporary art and global sculpture. Exhibitions and events take place at the Art Museum throughout the year.
Bury Hospice is an independent registered charity delivering end-of-life care and support to terminally ill patients and families. Situated on Rochdale Old Road, Bury, it serves the Metropolitan Borough of Bury - the six towns of Prestwich, Whitefield, Radcliffe, Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom.
To find out more and ways you can get involved please visit the website www.buryhospice.co.uk or call on 0161 725 9800
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”