Painting to be auctioned for cinema crusade

PUBLISHED: 15:42 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:25 12 August 2010

CAMPAIGNERS are holding a charity auction to raise funds to support their crusade to turn an old bingo hall into an art-house cinema.

CAMPAIGNERS are holding a charity auction to raise funds to support their crusade to turn an old bingo hall into an art-house cinema.

Members of the Picture Palace Campaign (PPC) are hoping residents will bid generously for a painting to gather money to fight a planning feud.

The now derelict Gala bingo hall in Church Road, Crystal Palace, was bought by evangelical church group Kingsway Chri (KICC) after they narrowly outbid independent cinema company Picturehouse.

A planning application by KICC to change the use of the building from leisure to worship was turned down by Bromley council on December 23, to the delight of the cinema campaigners who want to turn it into a picture house.

But the PPC are expecting KICC to appeal imminently and they now desperately need funds for lawyers to fight it.

Crystal Palace art gallery, The Bigger Picture, is helping by auctioning off a painting described as "quintessential English countryside scene looking across a field of corn at the height of one of our warmer summers."

It is oil and acrylic on canvas and measures 39ins x 39ins.

PPC chair Annabel Sidney, said: "I'm confident that we have a good chance of upholding the council's decision.

"Through the auction we are hoping to raise a fair amount. We also want to raise awareness of the campaign so local people know what they can do to get involved.

"We believe KICC are going to launch an appeal and we need funds to fight it. We are confident that the planning inspector will have all the facts and objections in detail."

Bids are being invited for the painting Big Yellow Field by Angelique Hartigan, who jointly runs the Bigger Picture gallery in Church Road.

Ms Hartigan said: "We wanted to find a way to contribute."

Anyone wishing to bid should email info@bigger with their name, address, phone number and the amount they are bidding, stating 'silent auction' in the subject line.

The winner will be the highest bidder at 5pm on February 12.

They will be announced at the Bigger Picture's Valentines' open evening on February 12 with daily auction updates appearing on the website

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