Sell out exhibition raises £12,000 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Carolyn White’s Retrospective Exhibition at Stroud’s Subscription Rooms sold a record 115 paintings in aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Cheltenham earlier this month, resulting in a £12,000 donation to the Gloucestershire hospice.

The George Room gallery was packed with friends and collectors for the launch on 2nd June 2015, which was opened by Hospice Director, Elise Hoadley.

Elise spoke about the incredible care the hospice offers to patients and her gratitude for Carolyn’s generosity in bequeathing proceeds from the sale of her paintings to Sue Ryder.

Rousing words and a poem for Carolyn followed, sung to guitar accompaniment by poet and comedian John Hegley, a long-time friend and admirer of Carolyn’s work.

The exhibition, curated by Gilly Wyatt Smith, gave a glimpse of Carolyn’s life as an artist over 40 years. 

A plein-air painter, Carolyn felt a strong attachment to the Stroud Valleys, as well as the wilder coast of West Cornwall and the Scottish Isles, and enjoyed culture, colours and scenery through travel in many foreign countries. Her own unique interpretations of the places she explored resulted in her memorable paintings, which proved as popular during her lifetime (1945-2013) as in this retrospective exhibition.

Gilly Wyatt Smith, friend and curator of the exhibition said, “Carolyn’s spirit was strongly felt during each day of this memorable exhibition. Such a large body of her work, visible in one room, strengthened everyone’s perception that Carolyn was a truly wonderful artist. I now look forward to sorting through all her remaining portfolios to discover hidden gems to frame and offer for sale on behalf of Sue Ryder Leckhampton once more.”

Elise Hoadley, said, “We are incredibly touched by the donation received from Carolyn’s beautiful paintings and Gilly’s wonderfully put together exhibition. The exhibition was a poignant tribute to Carolyn, and her legacy will live on in helping us to deliver incredible care for local people. We’ve one of Carolyn’s paintings donated to us in our inpatient unit, so her work can be enjoyed and experienced by staff, families and patients.”

Further paintings from Carolyn’s archive will soon be on sale through Carolyn White's website in a few weeks’ time.

For further information please contact:

Hayley Clemmens via email at hayley.clemmens@suerydercare.org