Local artist donates painting to Bridport Refugee Campaign

LYME Regis artist Pamela Allsop has donated one of her latest paintings to raise funds for a campaign to re-settle a refugee family in the Bridport area. 

The Gallery at the Symondsbury Estate, near Bridport, has recently been exhibiting the work of three artists inspired by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Pamela said this period of enforced isolation led her to consider the plight of those who are forced to flee their homelands.

She explained: “During the pandemic I found myself exploring the journey we are travelling together, with ideas about compassion and love as the ways through.”

Her pictures explore the full voyage of refugees, from leaving the dangers of their homeland, to arriving in safety.

When she heard of the Bridport refugee campaign, which is aiming to raise £15,000 in order to offer a home to a refugee family, she decided to donate one of her pictures to the cause.

Pamela commented: “It was obvious that what I was trying to illustrate was being vividly championed by the campaign, so the least I could do was make a donation.”

Her picture, called ‘Seeking Refuge’, will be on display at the Symondsbury Estate until the end of November in order to generate as much interest as possible.

You can see the painting in situ at the gallery throughout the next three shows, which are ‘South West Sculptors’, an exhibition of 2 and 3D artwork that celebrates colour and form, and a retrospective of the work of local artist Norman Saunders-White.

The painting’s reserve price is £400 and bids can be left at the gallery in person or emailed to phil@lymebayarts.co.uk

The gallery is run by Lyme Bay Arts, a community-based enterprise of over 100 artists, makers and art organisations from the south west. The permanent exhibition site at Symondsbury is now working under government COVID-19 guidelines and exhibitions continue, while other activities such as outreach and workshops are currently on hold.

Exhibitions are open daily (Thursdays to Mondays) from 10.30am to 4.30pm, and admission is free, as is parking on the estate’s car park. For further information, visit www.lymebayarts.co.uk

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