Famous names sign up for Rotherham outdoor art gallery project

BRIAN Blessed, Pulp drummer Nick Banks and Prime Minister David Cameron have been drawing on their imaginations after being signed up for a Rotherham art project.

The famous names have been invited to produce a piece of artwork to be auctioned or sold off by public art initiative Gallery Town for the Rotherham Hospice.

But there’s a twist — members of the public are also being encouraged to submit their own entries, and the artist behind each artwork will only be revealed after it has been sold.

Life on Mars actresss Liz White, the Countess of Scarbrough, wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering and actor Connor McIntyre (Corrie baddie Pat Phelan) and several Rotherham United footballers have also being getting creative with their paints and pencils, with 100 pieces already submitted.

Gallery Town’s project manager, Ged Omar, said: “You could end up owning a work of art by a famous celebrity or artist that is worth a thousand pounds but cost you a tenner.”

Auction and sale dates have yet to be confirmed and entries are still being accepted.

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Ged added: “We are hoping to have lots more celebrities signed up by the start of the exhibition and we are actively encouraging everyone with an interest to take part.”