Auction raises £22k for Curzon roof repairs
PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 December 2019 | UPDATED: 07:57 10 December 2019
Tiles decorated by acclaimed artists and thespians have raised more than £22,000 for Curzon's roof appeal.
Thirty-nine 100-year-old tiles from the roof of the Clevedon cinema were turned into works of art before going under the hammer in an eBay auction.
Aardman's Nick Park's tile, featuring Wallace and Gromit, was the star of the show reaching £5,101 during the evening.
The tile by Aardman's Peter Lord, featuring Morph, was the next biggest money-spinner generating a further £2,050 for the charity.
Morph was closely followed by a tile with Aardman's Feather's McGraw painted by creative director, Merlin Crossingham, which raised £1,419.
Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman and creator of Morph, said: "When I heard about the project, almost my first thought was 'this'll be perfect'.
2The tile is baked terra-cotta clay and Morph has always been a little terra-cotta hero, so I thought they'd naturally belong together.
"The original idea was that I'd make Morph as if he was emerging from the tile - clay coming back to life.
"But when I sketched it out in plasticine, I couldn't get it to work the way I wanted.
"To be honest it just looked like half-a-Morph on a tile, I couldn't quite capture the movement I wanted.
"But while I was working, I found a pose that seemed lively and active and well, cheerful. Just Morph, sitting on the tile, clearly very happy."
The tiles were made in a local brickworks in the 1920s and it was a huge challenge for the artists to work on such an unusual surface.
Other artists who took part included film critic Mark Kermode and his wife Linda Williams, who together raised £460 with their Exorcist and Mary Poppins themed tiles; DC Comic's and Marvel's Mark Buckingham's Spider-Man tile which raised £442; Tolkien illustrator and Lord Of The Rings movie concept artist, Alan Lee, whose magical Forest Dwellers tile reached £771 and internationally renowned artist Clarissa James, whose golf leaf dragon sculpture tile raised £1,100.
The community cinema charity asked the community to help raise £100,000 towards the £600,000 appeal to restore the grade-II listed building's roof, to save it from closure.
The fundraising total stands at £457,000 and the cinema hopes to start repair work in late-February.