£1,000 grant will help art club to grow

The Phoenix Art Club in Pontefract has received �1,000 grant from the council's community chest to keep the club going.'Pictured L/R: James Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Jean Vairy, Fredrick Vairy and Maria Black
The Phoenix Art Club in Pontefract has received �1,000 grant from the council's community chest to keep the club going.'Pictured L/R: James Walsh, Maureen Walsh, Jean Vairy, Fredrick Vairy and Maria Black
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A PONTEFRACT art group is looking to attract new members after receiving a £1,000 community chest grant from Wakefield Council.

The Phoenix Art Club, which meets every Thursday evening at the Thornycroft Centre, on Halfpenny Lane, plans to spend the money on bringing in artists to provide demonstrations and workshops.

It also intends to spend some of the grant on materials for potential new members to use, so they do not need to spend money on equipment before making a commitment to the club.

Club chairman Fred Vairy said: “Our aim is to promote art for all ages and attract new members to the club.

“We intend to do this by inviting artists to do work-alongs and demonstrations – but because these artists charge a fee for their workshops we need the funds to meet these expenses.

“In the current climate people have to make difficult decisions about where their money goes, so by having some materials available it will keep costs down for new members and mean existing members won’t feel under financial pressure.”

Mr Vairy thanked the Ward 12 councillors for their help with the application for the grant, which was presented to the club on March 26.