Artist donates prints in aid of Bury St Edmunds hospice

Tom Ogden, event officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, accepts the donated prints from artist Wayne Tanswell
Tom Ogden, event officer for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, accepts the donated prints from artist Wayne Tanswell
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A signwriter and lettering artist is hoping prints he has donated to The Apex will spell lots of money for a vital charity.

Fifty-four of Wayne Tanswell’s paintings are now on display at The Apex, in Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, as part of a literal art and signwriting exhibition which will run until April 4.

The 50-year-old’s original designs are largely autobiographical in that they incorporate words or quotes that are meaningful to him, be it his life in general or as someone with dyslexia, presented in unusual and interesting ways.

The father-of-three, from Sudbury, has also donated 50 limited edition signed prints, as pictured, to be sold in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.

They were created using four of his paintings which spell APEX when placed together - A for abracadabra, P for phenomenal, E for extravaganza and X for xanadu.

“I’m turning art into a way of raising funds for the hospice,” said Wayne, whose father, Derek, passed away in the care of the hospice in October 2007.

“What they did, the hospice, they didn’t just care for my father, it was the way they treated my entire family - I remain grateful to them,” he said.

The Apex has also waved its commission on the prints, which are available for donations from £30, so the hospice will receive 100 per cent of their sale price.

The exhibition, called Writing Wrongs, is being officially launched on Friday with an opening event at The Apex from 6-8pm.

Wayne, who also teaches and writes books about his craft, will be on hand giving live demonstrations.

Of getting his work displayed at the award-winning venue, he said: “For me it’s East Anglia’s premier venue and it only has one exhibition a month so to have one of those 12 opportunities is amazing - I’m really chuffed with it.”