Museum in the Park to run 'Secret Artist' fundraising initiative

Volunteers from Stroud Valleys Project at work clearing the Walled Garden, which is being turned into a new learning space as part of a community project funded by the Arts Council England's Renaissance Strategic Support Fund. Picture by Ruth Davey (1

Volunteers from Stroud Valleys Project at work clearing the Walled Garden, which is being turned into a new learning space as part of a community project funded by the Arts Council England's Renaissance Strategic Support Fund. Picture by Ruth Davey (1

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STROUD’S Museum in the Park is hosting a special weekend exhibition next month to raise funds for its innovative Walled Garden project.

Talented local artists and students from the Stroud School of Art have been invited to create a mix of unique and eye-catching masterpieces to exhibit at the event, which runs from 11am to 4pm on November 16 and 17.

Among the works of art on display will be specially-designed postcards intricately decorated by the different artists.

In return for purchasing a ‘Secret Artist’ ticket, which will be on sale for £15 during the exhibition, members of the public will be entitled to take one of the postcards home to keep.

But they won’t know which one belongs to them until they receive it in the post or are asked to collect it a week later, hence the name Secret Artist.

The first postcard to feature as part of the exhibition has already been donated to the Museum.

It was produced by the Stroud-based acclaimed illustrator and graphic designer Tony Meeuwissen and is certain to be one of the most sought after cards from the collection.

Museum Administrator Abigail Large said the fundraising initiative was intended to give people a ‘chance to acquire an affordable work of art on a postcard, as well as support a good cause at the same time’.

Work on the Walled Garden is currently ongoing but extra funds are still needed to finish the project and transform the land at the back of the Museum into a contemporary learning space for aspiring artists.

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