East Cheshire Hospice is once again hosting its biennial Art Fair, helping to raise much-needed funds for its vital work across local communities. Local MP and Vice-President of the Hospice, David Rutley, visited the centrepiece of the Fair, a new exhibition by international artist, Susie MacMurray, to give his support to this important initiative.
Entitled 'Gathering', the impressive bespoke installation is inspired by the work of East Cheshire Hospice, and consists of hundreds of individual elements of suspended red velvet and barbed wire, reflecting on the nature of memories, mortality and loss. The work is in part a response to the artist's husband’s death from cancer, and the many elements that make up the work have been made by Susie MacMurray in collaboration with volunteers from East Cheshire Hospice. The installation is being displayed in The Mansion at Tatton Park from July – 6 October 2019.
Elsewhere, Macclesfield Town Hall will host the wider Art Fair between 26th September – 3rd October 2019. Now in its 20th year, the event is free to visit and will be open from 10.30am-5pm every day during the week of the Fair, with pieces by local artists available to purchase, and all sales making a donation to East Cheshire Hospice. There are more details at: www.theartfair.org.uk
Speaking after the event, David said, "It was an honour to have the opportunity to view such a powerful and moving exhibition, which clearly highlighted the important collaboration that took place between Susie MacMurray and the Hospice. East Cheshire Hospice does such vital work in our local communities, and I hope many more local residents will take time to visit ‘Gathering’ and the wider Art Fair in Macclesfield, to support our much-loved charity."