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Art auction launched to raise funds for St Just's Plen-an-Gwary project

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 24, 2013

By Josh Barrie

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AN ART auction has been launched to raise money for the start-up costs of St Just's new ecofriendly building at the Plen-an-Gwary.

Artists from St Just, Pendeen and around west Penwith have donated 15 works to help fund the project, which is not far off being finished, according to organiser Mary Ann Bloomfield.

Bidding for pieces opened on Monday this week and lasts a month.

Ms Bloomfield said the paintings had gone on sale just in time for Christmas and she hoped they raised plenty of money.

"At the moment we have no money and there are lots of things to plan for," she said. "It would be nice to raise £2,000, but if we got more than £1,000 it would be great.

"We want to move on with the project and ensure the use of the Plen-an-Gwary for the future."

Ms Bloomfield said the ancient amphitheatre meant a great deal to the community and with the building set for completion in spring, money needed to be secured soon to meet its running costs.

Insurance and maintenance needed to be covered and the aim was for it to be self-sufficient.

"It's really important to the people of St Just," she said.

"We want to keep it alive; we love it. We want to celebrate the history and heritage, and the new facility will help that."

The artwork for sale is currently on display in town cafés The Cook Book and the Dog and Rabbit.

The auction is by sealed bid, and bidding closes on December 18.

For information on how to place a bid for one of the paintings that are on offer visit www.plenproject.com/ support/upcoming-events/art-auction

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