Branscombe exhibition hits 25-year low due to weather

Ursula Pratt MBE organiser of the Ex-Ax Art Exhibition at Branscombe village hall. Ref shb 12-16TI 8

Ursula Pratt MBE organiser of the Ex-Ax Art Exhibition at Branscombe village hall. Ref shb 12-16TI 8046. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The organiser of an annual art exhibition has said the ‘washout’ weather over the Easter weekend deterred big crowds from raising large sums for Hospice Home Care.

Ursula Pratt MBE organiser of the Ex-Ax Art Exhibition at Branscombe village hall. Ref shb 12-16TI 8

Ursula Pratt MBE organiser of the Ex-Ax Art Exhibition at Branscombe village hall. Ref shb 12-16TI 8046. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The East Devon Artists for Charity holds the annual event in Branscombe in aid of local charities, but saw a major drop in its total after raising more than £750.

In previous years, the group has donated more than £3,000 through the proceeds of a raffle and artists commission.

Organiser Ursula Pratt MBE said she still hopes to sell a painting by revered historic marine artist Barry Mason (pictured, inset) to help boost the final total.

She said: “It is the worst exhibition in 25 years. I know the weather was absolutely against us. Everything was down, the raffle money was down - sales were very much down.”

Ursula Pratt MBE organiser of the Ex-Ax Art Exhibition at Branscombe village hall. Ref shb 12-16TI 8

Ursula Pratt MBE organiser of the Ex-Ax Art Exhibition at Branscombe village hall. Ref shb 12-16TI 8046. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant


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The group handed out free hot cross buns on the first day of the exhibition, but even tempting treats could not bring in the visitors.

Ursula said: “Friday was the glorious day and you cannot blame people that want to go to the sea. The next day was absolutely lousy. It was a washout - people do not like travelling into Branscombe when it is foggy and pouring with rain.”

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Despite the weather, visitors enjoyed the exhibition, which featured the work and sculptures of more than 40 local artists.

Ursula said: “It was fantastic - it was top class. People came in and they said ‘this is fantastic’.”

If you are interested in purchasing the painting by Barry Mason, call Ursula on 01297 553980.

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