Pyramid Gallery owner Terry Brett celebrates 20 years with charity party

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Pyramid Gallery owner Terry Brett is celebrating 20 years in the art business in York with a big party to raise money for charity.

He has put out an invitation to people to help him celebrate his landmark anniversary and join in musical celebrations where he hopes to raise £4,000 in two events in the city.

His gallery will also be marking the event with a new exhibition of screenprints by Peter Blake, the artist behind the famous album cover for the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Through the years Terry has introduced weird and wonderful art into the city through his gallery in Stonegate, which he looks after for the National Trust and is one of the oldest buildings in the city.

Charity has always been at the heart of his business, he says, and fundraising events have become part of what he calls Pyramid Gallery's 'mission'.

"In a way everything in the business is a sort of charity. Every sale supports a British based artist or craft maker as well as a staff member who are themselves mostly artists.

"Even the rent on the building goes to the National Trust, to whom we have paid over half a million pounds.

"I get a buzz from seeing people enjoying themselves at an event that I have organised and then a very nice sense of satisfaction when I hand over a cheque to the charity. The interaction with artists and performers is also very rewarding."

Terry's most recent charity drive was when he accompanied York's Purpleman on a trip to Turkey where they donated toys to Syrian refugee children.

Now Terry is holding a party at Clements Hall on Nunthorpe Road, which is raising money for St. Leonard's Hospice, and features music by Kangaroo Moon, which he says is his favourite Glastonbury band, and promises will get everybody dancing, on Saturday September 20.

On October 17 he is holding a concert by pianist Nika Shirocorad with an Art Exhibition at The National Centre for Early Music for the charity 'Karen Hilltribes Trust' which finds a market for silver crafts in remote villages in Thailand.

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