Art of Welsh artist helps Leeds church raise money for food bank

The work of Welsh artist Frank Brangwyn is helping one of our Leeds churches raise money to assist those most in need.

St Aidan’s Leeds is holding a sale of mint condition prints from the artist from 1928, alongside a raffle to win a book from the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo showcasing over 100 full colour Brangwyn prints.

All of this is to raise money for St Aidan’s Food Bank, who have been providing food bags to those in need for over 30 years, to help cope with a large increase in demand since the pandemic  started. 

Barrie Pepper, organiser of the raffle, said: “The St Aidan’s Food Bank dates back 30 years or so but, since the pandemic, its growth has been dramatic. 

“From the distribution of 50 food bags each week five years ago, the figure has now reached the 400 mark. 

“Support comes from many sources but demand never goes down. 

“Traditional fund raising is difficult but occasionally ideas do pop into the agenda, and so it is with the current sale of framed watercolour prints of Frank Brangwyn’s work. 

“The pictures are from a book published in 1928 – there are two copies of each of eight, in mint condition. 

“They sell at a minimum of £35 each and each sale attracts a raffle ticket for a luxury catalogue of an exhibition of the artist’s work with 104 full colour prints.”

Frank Brangwyn was active during the early 20th century, and was skilled in many disciplines, producing paintings, drawings, designs for stained glass, furniture, ceramics, table glassware, buildings and interiors, lithography prints and woodcuttings, and was a book illustrator.

To get involved, please email Barrie at barrie.pepper [at] gmail.com.

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