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Chocks away for pop-up art gallery at High Chelmer

There will be a special, free, pop-up aviation art Gallery in High Chelmer next week, showcasing work from renowned artist Tony Carey.

Organised by the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) the gallery will be in the centre from Monday 24 until Sunday 30 October and shoppers will be able to see more than 70 unique studies of aircraft with a dozen of the paintings being displayed to the public for the first time.

Whilst the exhibition is free, visitors to the gallery will be able to donate to the association with all money raised going to the charity Wings Appeal, which supports those that served in the RAF and their families.

Alex Masson, Charity Fundraiser for the RAFA Chelmsford branch, said the association was delighted to be returning to the centre after four years. “We’ve toured Tony’s paintings across the region in various locations over the past 10 years. The last time we were in High Chelmer was four years ago and through the generosity of the centre we’re thrilled that we will be returning next week.

“Tony is a member of the Chelmsford RAFA branch and we’re really pleased that, once again, he’s provided us with his work to have on display. It’s made even better with a dozen new pictures that haven’t been shown to the public before. The paintings won’t be for sale but there will be a chance for visitors to the gallery to purchase prints of the works.”

High Chelmer Centre Manager, Mick McDonagh, said he was pleased to be able to support RAFA in raising important funds. “It’s great to have the pop-up aviation art gallery back in the centre. The paintings that Tony has done are fantastic and really give a unique perspective of the aircraft of World War II.”

“We know how popular his paintings are with the people of Chelmsford and I’m thrilled that we’re able to support the RAFA with a location in the centre that will help them raise all-important funds for the Wings Appeal.”

The pop-up aviation art gallery will be in High Chelmer from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 October and is free to enter. From Monday to Saturday the gallery will be open from 9am to 4.30pm and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. There will be collection points throughout the exhibit with all money going to the Wings Appeal.