Successful launch for charity’s art show

Artist James Naughton talks about his work to Melanie Wilkins. (S)
Artist James Naughton talks about his work to Melanie Wilkins. (S)

Ripon-based charity New Lights is celebrating the successful launch of its summer exhibition of contemporary northern art.

More than 100 people attended the private viewing at Swinton Park, near Masham, and during the evening more than £10,000 worth of work was sold.

Sold works included paintings and prints by award-winning artist Emerson Mayes, landscape painter James Naughton and printmaker Hester Cox.

Attendees were also treated to a live performance by Alistair Griffin of the official Tour de France Grand Départ 2014 song, The Road.

All money raised on the night and during the exhibition is going towards New Lights’ Art for All work with local primary schools.

The charity is planning to take contemporary art into the classroom by giving children the opportunity to create a work of art for their school, as well as facilitating visits to local galleries and museums where they can experience the North’s impressive visual heritage at first hand.

Annette Petchey, founder of New Lights, said: “One of the charity’s aims is to encourage emerging artists and what better place to start than in the classroom?

“Our exhibition at Swinton Park gives everyone the chance to see some of the exceptional work being produced by contemporary artists in the North today, as well as ensuring that a love of art is passed on to the next generation.”

The New Lights Exhibition continues at Swinton Park until July 18.

Admission is free and all works are for sale.