Local artist has 'art of gold!

Local artist has 'art of gold!

Bolton artist Elaine Nuttall donates proceeds of sale to the Octagon

We were delighted to receive a kind donation of over £400 from local artist Elaine Nuttall, who has started a campaign to support local theatres and arts charities by donating proceeds from the sale of her paintings.

The avid painter and theatre enthusiast takes inspiration from theatre productions for many of her paintings, including the latest piece she sold based on the Octagon’s 2018 production – And Did Those Feet.

Oil painting of 5 pairs of shoes on a light pink canvas background
Elaine's painting of “And Did Those Feet “ using a photo reference by kind permission of John Askew

Throughout lockdown Elaine started #Art4TheArts campaign, selling certain works from her portfolio and donating 75% of the profits to the theatre whose production inspired the piece.

Head of Development at the Octagon, Danielle Fearnley said: “The #Art4TheArts campaign Elaine has set up to support local theatre is incredibly moving and we are truly thankful for her generous donation to the Octagon. Elaine is a wonderfully gifted artist, and to use her talent to advocate for local arts organisations and charities in this difficult time is truly inspiring.”

Elaine is encouraging other artists to join the campaign by creating a piece of artwork based on a past theatrical production and donating a portion of the proceeds that come from selling the piece to a theatre of their choice.

Talking about where the inspiration came from for #Art4TheArts, Elaine Nuttall commented: “I initially had the idea at the start of lockdown because finding something to paint was limited being stuck at home. Theatre photos are always so dramatic to paint, not just onstage production photos but props, front of house, etc.

“I could see how damaging lockdown would be for the theatre industry, both professional and amateur - I thought by offering 75% of the profit to each theatre I paint from would encourage other artists to contribute too.

“So far I’m delighted to say I’ve raised money for various theatres in and around Bolton, but I feel like a one woman army and would love other artists to get involved.”

The love of the arts and artistic creativity runs in the family, Elaine’s daughter is star of stage and screen, Amy Nuttall, who has previously trod the boards in past Octagon productions including our 2016 production of The Winter’s Tale and 2010’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

For more of Elaine’s work or to find out more and support the campaign click here or visit the #Art4TheArts page on Instagram.

As a registered charity we are grateful for all of the support from funders, audiences and everyone who has donated in this difficult period. As we continue to prepare for reopening in 2021 your support will be more important than ever before.

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