Exhibition to launch RNLI cash bid

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers will be providing refreshments for art lovers at the annual Priory Arts Exhibition at Syningthwaite Priory near Wetherby from January 18 to 20.

Volunteer fundraisers from the RNLI’s Badger Hill and Heslington Guild will be running the café at the exhibition.

Refreshments will include a selection of mouth-watering cakes, scones and light snacks. All money raised by the café will go directly to the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

The Art in the Barn exhibition and café will be located in the Priory Barn in the grounds of the former 12th century Cistercian priory. The barn is also used for weddings and special functions throughout the year.

Nikky Corker, Artist in Residence at Syningthwaite Priory and curator of the event, explained: “The exhibition will showcase a varied and inspirational selection of artwork from 11 local artists ranging from watercolours and oil through to steel sculptures and ceramics.

“By showing the work of different artists each year, our visitors get a feel for the number of craftspeople from all disciplines who live and work in the area.

“All the artwork will be for sale and there promises to be something to suit every taste.”

Nikky, who has strong links to the RNLI as her artwork has featured on the charity’s calendars and greetings cards, added: “When selecting a charity to run this year’s café, the RNLI seemed like the natural choice as I really admire the selfless job that their volunteers perform.

“My husband is a keen sailor and he spends a lot of time at the coast.

“It gives me piece of mind to know that the RNLI is there, should he ever need them. I hope that the café is super busy this year and raises lots of money for such a fantastic cause.”

The café will be open daily from 10am until 4pm for the duration of the exhibition.

Ann Forder from the RNLI’s Badger Hill and Heslington Guild explained: “We were delighted to be asked to provide the refreshments, and the ladies from the RNLI guild will be creating some really tasty treats.

“We hope that people will pop in to enjoy a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake whilst contemplating which artwork to buy.”

For information visit: www.priory-arts.com