CHESHIRE’s new High Sheriff is racing ahead with plans for a major community event at Oulton Park.
Susan Sellers will stage Art in the Park – an autumn weekend of exhibitions and activities showcasing the creative talents of more than 40 professional artists from across the county.
She hopes to draw thousands of people to the free event from November 14 to 16, aiming to raise cash for the county’s five hospices through the sale of pieces of art work.
An exhibition will cover many different forms including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and wood carving.
A keen stitcher, Mrs Sellers introduced art as therapy for patients when chairman of the Countess of Chester Hospital.
She said: “I know many patients discover talents they never knew they had through the use of creative therapies.
“I wanted my year as High Sheriff to highlight that and the tremendous work of our local hospices.
“Art in the Park will bring these themes together and offer local families a chance to appreciate the incredible artistic talent base we have here in Cheshire in a fun and entertaining way.
“It will also give them a chance to see behind the scenes of Oulton Park, a great facility perhaps not appreciated unless you are a racing enthusiast.
“The artists taking part have kindly agreed to give 30 per cent of anything sold to the hospices and there will be something to suit every pocket.”
The event is being staged after permission was granted by Jonathan Palmer, chief executive of MotorSport Vision Group, in association with Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit.
It will also include an exhibition of young people’s work supported by three of Cheshire’s Decorative and Fine Arts Societies and workshops for visitors to try their hand at techniques such as willow-weaving and mosaics.
Oulton Park will provide ‘track taster events’, with 20 per cent of online booking proceeds going to the hospices. Vintage buses will take people round the track to learn more about the history of racing at the park, while its famous Chequers Restaurant will be the base for refreshments and children’s face-painting.
Mrs Sellers, of Tarporley, added: “With free entry and free parking Art in the Park is a community event for everyone to enjoy. Oulton Park is set in picturesque Cheshire countryside and in addition to the art show families are encouraged to explore the facilities.”
For more information on the event visit www.highsheriffofcheshire.co.uk
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