The Friends of the Lytham St. Annes Art Collection
The Friends exist in order to raise public awareness of the Lytham St. Annes Art Collection and raise funds for it's conservation.
We welcome new members who may wish to get involved by helping to invigilate at exhibitions, help raise funds and attend the open evenings of exhibitions. Please print off and complete the form opposite or complete the online form below and we will respond as soon as possible.
Membership is only £10 per year
Preview Evening of A Right to Play Exhibition December 2012
Friends Christmas Lunch and Table Decoration demonstration
How funds raised by the Friends are used
In December 2012, the Fylde Gallery hosted an exhibition featuring works from the Lytham St. Annes Art Collection to commerate the 65th Anniversary of UNICEF. The Friends were very pleased that the first painting from the collection to be restored and conserved through funding raised by the Friends, The Drummer Boy by Mark W Langiois, was displayed and signaled the beginning of further conservation projects. All members of the Friends were invited to the Open Evening for the exhibition on Wednesday 12th December when a cheque for £2000 was presented to Allan Oldfield, Chief Executive of Fylde Borough Council, to pay for the conservation work carried out by the Lancashire Museums Service. The Friends are very grateful to Halsall Toys Europe Ltd of Fleetwood who sponsored the Open Evening which was opened by the Mayor of Fylde.
The New Curate Restored to it's former glory!
Lancashire Museum Services Conservation Team have completed the work on the New Curate and it has been reinstalled at St. Annes Town Hall.
The Friends invited Peter Bretherton to attend a reception at the Town Hall where he was personally thanked by Kevin Eastham, Mayor of Fylde Borough Council and Margaret Race, Chair of the Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection presented Mr. Bretherton with a print of the painting.
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Friends Afternoon Tea at the Town Hall
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Members enjoyed and a chance to view some of the Art Collection on display in the Town Hall during an afternoon tea kindly provided by Fylde Borough Council. It is hoped that we will be arranging further social events in the near future so please come and join us.
The New Curate
Peter Bretherton, the President of the British Lawn Tennis Association in 2013 kindly agreed to finance the conservation of The New Curate by Percy Robert Craft
To celebrate the Friends held a Strawberry Tea at the Bedford Hotel on Clifton Drive St. Annes on Wednesday 26th June.
The afternoon was an opportunity to meet friends, take a close look at the painting and enjoy a fresh strawberry tea with amusing entertainment from Stella Roberts Foden.
The New Curate