Fundraising campaign saves Charleston’s iconic paintings

Charleston's painted interiors SUS-151015-091955001
Charleston's painted interiors SUS-151015-091955001

A campaign to raise £25,000 in order to restore some of Charleston‘s historic painted interiors has been met with a staggering response.

In conjunction with the Art Fund and its crowd funding platform, more than £32,550 was raised in just three months, with donations ranging from £5 to £995.

In return, supporters received rewards such as postcard sets with Charleston’s iconic design motifs, mounted fragments of wallpaper from the library and an exclusive patterned scarf and tote bag designed by Cressida Bell, Vanessa Bell’s granddaughter.

The key restoration work can now be carried out by March 2016 and will include the paintwork around the window in the spare room, the wallpaper in the library and the Vanessa Bell painted doors in the house kitchen. The additional money will all go to ensuring that the restoration, decorations and collection are kept in the best possible condition by the installation of a state-of-the-art climate control and monitoring system.

Alistair Burtenshaw, director of The Charleston Trust, said: “The Art Fund was tremendously supportive, and we are delighted that the Charleston campaign was their most successful to date, with the largest number of donors and largest percentage of target exceeded on the Art Happens platform, proving that Charleston and its appeal is as relevant as ever.”

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