Art show attracts show 4,000 visitors

A rare oppurtunity ... Graeme Garden stands next to one of the pieces of art that attracted so much interest.
A rare oppurtunity ... Graeme Garden stands next to one of the pieces of art that attracted so much interest.
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AN exhibition showcasing one of the world’s finest collections of modern Christian art surpassed all expectations, according to its organiser.

During five weeks at St Peter’s in Sudbury, the Art and Soul exhibition, which comprised more than 50 paintings dating back to the turn of the 20th century, is estimated to have attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

The collection, which is widely regarded as the best of its type outside of the Vatican, featured works by some of Britain’s and the world’s most gifted artists, including Graham Sutherland and Elizabeth Frink.

Speaking after the exhibition’s final day on Sunday, organiser Graeme Garden hailed it as a “national treasure” and said people had come from far and wide to view the pieces.

“It has gone tremendously well and we are very pleased,” he said.

“It has gone beyond all expectations and we have had lots of visitors and interest.”

Mr Garden said that he thought between 4,000 and 4,500 people had seen the exhibition, with the visitors book showing entries from an array of countries, including Ghana.

For the full story see last week’s Free Press.