A valuable collection of sixty important paintings from the North Somerset Collection is being carefully prepared for display in Weston’s refurbished museum, but £17,000 needs to be spent on essential conservation work before the works of art can be exhibited.
The Museum has received generous help from individual benefactors and so far almost half the required sum has been promised leaving only £8,672 still to raise.
Conservators are now inviting members of the public to join in this final phase by ‘adopting a picture’. For as little as £75, and up to £2,000, individual works of art can be restored to full exhibition standard. Smaller donations are also very welcome and will add to the overall restoration goal. All conservation work must be completed by the end of July so ideally the donated funding will need to be in place by the end of June.
When all paintings are ready for display donors will receive framed prints of their chosen pictures along with invitations to a private preview before the museum opens to the general public in August.
Cllr John Crockford-Hawley, Chairman of the Museum & Heritage Committee said: “This is the final push to achieve our goal of a regional quality museum in Weston and offers an ideal opportunity for individuals, organisations and businesses to be part of the exciting story”
Donors can choose their preferred paintings by contacting Amal Khreisheh, assistant curator, on firstname.lastname@example.org