Art Fund Enriching Regions Scheme helps Sheringham Museum

  • 20 April 2007

Thanks to a £3,925 Art Fund grant, awarded under The Art Fund's new Enriching Regions Scheme, Sheringham Museum is celebrating the successful acquisition of eight new watercolours by maritime artist Mick Bensley.

The purchase of the watercolours, which document Sheringham’s maritime history and development, was celebrated at an evening reception at Sheringham Museum. The artist Mick Bensley attended the event, as well as others who had made donations towards the paintings including a local singing group called the ‘Sheringham Shantymen’.

Mary Blyth, Chairman of the Museum Trustees paid tribute to The Art Fund saying, “They have been such a helpful and friendly body of people to deal with. It is rewarding to know we have met all their requirements for without their help we would not have been able to add these scenes to our growing collection of Mick Bensley paintings”.

Mary also expressed the Museum’s gratitude and thanks to the businesses and organisations that also made donations towards the acquisition.

The Art Fund’s Enriching Regions Scheme was set up last year, supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, to help boost art collections in some of the poorest regions – in collecting terms – in the UK. The Scheme has made up to £45,000 each available to museums in the East of England, West Midlands and East Midlands to help develop their collections. Click here to find out more.

All the paintings, together with other pictorial records charting Sheringham’s history and development, will be on display when the town’s new Museum opens at The Mo next year.

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