**NB. The original exhibition and sales dates have been pushed back due to celebrity artwork still coming in. A definite date will be issued in June along with a press release of times and places.

South Yorkshire art regeneration project Gallery Town and Rotherham Hospice have teamed up to deliver an artistic fundraising project that is being supported by celebrities and dignitaries from wide and far.

So far the project has received artwork from actor and adventurer Brian Blessed, prominent artists Pollyanna Pickering and Margaret Clarkson, musician Nick Banks (Pulp), Rotherham United footballers and even the Prime Minister David Cameron. These are in addition to around 100 more received so far from other celebrities, artists and arts students with more being added to the tally each day.

The project is aiming to raise funds for Rotherham Hospice and the Gallery Town project through the sale of these artworks. The value of the artworks ranges from £1 – £1,000 and anybody can be in with a chance of winning. Exhibition and sale dates are to be confirmed but one thing that is certain is that you could end up owning a work of art by a famous celebrity or artist that is worth a thousand pounds but cost you a tenner.

The artworks received so far are extremely varied and include original paintings, pencil drawings, graphic designs, cartoons and photographic prints. If you would like to find out more about the project and submit a piece of artwork and help fundraise for the Hospice and Gallery Town then you can email gallerytown@outlook.com

There is no set closing date at present as celebrities are still responding to the project. Other celebrities and dignitaries signed up so far include Coronation Street’s Connor McIntyre, actress Liz White and The Earl of Scarborough amongst others.

Ged Omar, Gallery Town Project Manager said: “When looking at ways to fundraise for both causes and via the arts we came across similar projects that have been run successfully in other areas. We are hoping to have lots more celebrities signed up by the start of the exhibition and we are actively encouraging everyone with an interest to take part. It’s a lot of fun and it will make a real difference.”

For more press related information please contact Ged Omar on 07437 925 783 or via gallerytown@outlook.com