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Public invited to Art in the Park Cheshire fundraiser this weekend

Tuesday, November 11 2014

Oulton Park is hosting a major community fundraising event this weekend (15/16 November) in conjunction with Cheshire's new High Sheriff, Susan Sellers. Art in the Park is an autumn weekend of exhibitions and activities showcasing the creative talents of more than 40 professional artists from across the county, with activities to raise cash for the county's five hospices.

The event is open to the public and entry to the venue is free of charge on both days. An exhibition will cover many different artistic forms including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and wood carving. A keen stitcher, Mrs Sellers introduced art as therapy for patients during her time as Chairman of the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The event will also include an exhibition of young people's work supported by three of Cheshire's Decorative and Fine Arts Societies and workshops for visitors to try their hand at techniques such as willow-weaving and mosaics.
 
The High Sheriff has commissioned Cheshire-based artist Patricia Lee to create a legacy piece to be given to Oulton Park as a thank-you for all their support, which can be seen on display this weekend.

Oulton Park owners MSV will be providing taster sessions of its popular RallyMaster and YoungDrive activities with 20 per cent of online booking proceeds going to the hospices. Vintage buses will take people round the track on Sunday between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon to learn more about the history of motor racing at the venue, whilst the Chequers Restaurant will be the open throughout the event for refreshments and children's face-painting.

There will also be a funfair at the event, plus an Oulton Park race simulator, which will be located in the venue's Fogarty Moss Centre. For just £1 visitors can have a go at beating the High Sheriff's fastest lap, with a Top Gear-style lap board listing the best times.

Sellers, who hails from nearby Tarporley, said: "I know many patients discover talents they never knew they had through the use of creative therapies and I wanted my year as High Sheriff to highlight that and the tremendous work of our local hospices. Art in the Park will bring these themes together and offer local families a chance to appreciate the incredible artistic talent base we have here in Cheshire in a fun and entertaining way. It will also give them a chance to see behind the scenes of Oulton Park, a great facility perhaps not appreciated unless you are a racing enthusiast.

"The artists taking part have kindly agreed to give 30 per cent of anything sold to the hospices and there will be something to suit every pocket.

"With free entry and free parking Art in the Park is a community event for everyone to enjoy. Oulton Park is set amidst picturesque Cheshire countryside and in addition to the art show families are encouraged to explore the facilities."

Oulton Park Circuit Manager, Simon Bonser added: "We're all looking forward to Art in the Park this weekend, and welcoming both old and new visitors to Oulton Park. Newcomers to the venue will quickly discover that this beautiful parkland is the ideal setting for an event that celebrates artistry, and we're honoured to be given this great opportunity to help the local community with a valuable cause."

For more information on the event visit www.highsheriffofcheshire.co.uk and to book driving activities click here.