Inaugural Dales art expo to raise money for cancer charity

Tippy Watson with the donated works of art.

Thirty five artists, ranging from professionals to amateur adults and school children, have created a work of art to be auctioned for charity this week.

The inaugural Askrigg Art Expo for Breast Cancer Care will take place at the White Rose Hotel, in Asrigg on Saturday, September 1 at 8pm.

The event has been organised by charity fundraiser Tippy Watson.

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She said: “There will be some fantastic and very unique opportunities for collectors and art enthusiasts to be able to buy an original by some of Yorkshire’s finest artists.

“All these artists have generously given their time for free to create a wonderful piece for the auction.”

Judith Bromley’s Retrospective.

Judith Bromley’s oil painting Retrospective looks back over the seasons of the year, and over her years as a painter in Askrigg.

The original canvas will be auctioned prior to prints being available at a later date.

Robert Nicholls chose acrylic as the medium for his canvas of Ladyhill in the Snow with Sheep.

Well known for his paintings of sheep, this painting is the first that Robert Nicholls has done in some years on the theme.

Piers Browne has created a landscape in oil entitled August Sunset over Redmire from Scarth Nick, Wensleydale.

Piers is well known for his wonderful landscapes of the Dales.

Piers Browne’s August Sunset over Redmire from Scarth Nick, Wensleydale.

Painter and author, Janet Rawlins, also put brush to canvas to create a piece for the charity. Janets’ piece Down Dale from Worton Bridge is painted in acrylics.

Wensleydale’s own Denise Burden has painted a work of art in mixed media with a combination of acrylics and pencils, and is entitled Angel of the Dale depicting an angel flying over Wensleydale.

Tippy is trying to raise £50,000 for Breast Cancer Care which helped her through her own cancer treatment.

She said: “I have been floored not only by the generosity of the local artists, but also by the sheer talent that is abundant in the area.

“I had been hoping for diversity with the paintings, but hadn’t ever imagined that I would get such high quality from the local people, some of whom have never painted in the lives.

“I would love this to become an annual event, and hope that it is well supported on Saturday when we auction all the paintings at the White Rose. It’s free to come along, and we will be accepting credit cards as well as cash, so please do come and support it.”

For more photos of the paintings clicks here.

Pre-bids will be accepted by emailing