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Treasure ‘taggers’ start art collection compilation

Geoff Willetts, senior coast and countryside officer for Fylde Council, left, and Marie Riley, chairman of Fylde DFAS

Geoff Willetts, senior coast and countryside officer for Fylde Council, left, and Marie Riley, chairman of Fylde DFAS

 

A £24,000 project involving more than 50 volunteers will see some of the Fylde coast’s best-loved art catalogued.

The Fylde Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) is organising a project to ‘tag’ more than 230 works from the Lytham St Annes Art Collection.

The mission is to produce complete online and printed catalogues, which will give information about the artworks, including high resolution photographs.

Marie Riley, chairman of Fylde DFAS, helped to secure a £24,000 grant from Heritage Lottery for the scheme and is managing the tagging process.

She said: “This is enabling us to shed some light on these wonderful art works which were given to the people of Lytham St Annes.

“Our volunteers are coming up with amazing findings. We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery fund for recognising how worthwhile and unique this collection is.”

It’s 90 years since Lytham St Annes Art Collection had its origins when John Booth, of Booths Supermarket, donated its first painting. The Herd Lassie, painted by Richard Ansdell. It was quickly followed by streams of bequests and donations.

Geoff Willetts, from Fylde Council said: “The work that Fylde DFAS is undertaking will benefit everybody with a love and passion for our collection.”

If anyone wants to become a tagger they can volunteer at www.friendsofthelythamstannesartcollection.org

 

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