The exhibition, now in its fourth decade, was started by the Earl Soham and District branch of the Royal British Legion, but is now organised jointly with Brandeston Hall School where it has always been held.
The Legion branch’s President, Major General Jack Dye, says: “As a result of the loyal support the exhibition has built up over the years we have been able to make substantial donations to service charities.”
Nowadays, artists from all over East Anglia exhibit by invitation only, and are limited to showing five pictures. Around 100 artists take part each year and their 500 pictures are hung in what is normally the school’s assembly hall.
“Because of the charitable nature of the event, artists price their pictures at substantially below what they would cost in a gallery”, says Legion Branch Chairman Keith Wilson. “Such generosity has been a major factor in attracting the many hundreds of art lovers who come to the exhibition every year. Having the school as our partner has also given the show an extra dimension. Work by young artists at both Brandeston Hall and Framlingham College will have a separate display alongside the pictures which are for sale”.
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