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Art exhibition to mark York Cemetery's 175th anniversary
YORK Cemetery is celebrating its 175th anniversary with a major exhibition in its restored chapel of work by 35 of York’s leading artists.
The artists, who include wildlife painter Mark Hearld and sculptor Sally Arnup, will be exhibiting work inspired by the beauty of the cemetery later this month.
Johnny Hayes, a member of the cemetery trust and one of the exhibition organisers, said works including paintings, prints, sculpture and photography would be for sale, raising funds towards the upkeep of the cemetery and chapel.
He said: “We wrote to many of York’s leading artists and the reaction was incredible.
“The artists were so keen to take part. When 35 volunteered, we were completely staggered.
“Many of the artists have had personal connections with the cemetery.
“Some have sketched and painted there for many years.”
Mark, well-known for his painting of wildlife, who is contributing two pieces and has produced the publicity for the event, said he had known the cemetery since he was a child.
He said: “I would spend hours there wandering around collecting dandelions for my pet rabbits.
“I have always meant to do work based on the cemetery and I am delighted to be taking part.”
Linda Combi, another of the artists and weekend warden at the cemetery, said it had always been an inspiration to her, particularly at difficult times in her life. She said: “I love it through all the different seasons. Both myself and my husband, Peter, have painted there for many years.”
Jenny Hildyard, another trustee and exhibition organiser, said: “We really want people to know what a truly beautiful place York Cemetery is.
“The exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate its history and enchanting beauty.”
As well as the exhibition, there will also be a display of historical photos and images from the last 175 years.
The exhibition, to which entry is free but with donations welcome, will be open between Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 22, from 10am until 6pm at weekends and on weekdays from 10am until 4pm.
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