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Popular local artists to raise funds for anti-fracking cause in landmark art exhibition & silent auction


Hornby Castle by Chas Jacobs
Hornby Castle by Chas Jacobs
Chris Satori

Lancaster's Whale Tail Cafe will be hosting an art exhibition with a difference throughout October. 27 popular local artists have donated artworks to 'Art Against Fracking', a silent auction to raise money for anti-fracking activities. 

Landmark Art Event

It's rare indeed to have the chance to see so many quality local artists featured together under one roof. 
Gill Aitken, Carole Ashby, James Attwood, Colette Bain, Andrea Brook, Ali Brown, Bonnie Craig, Graham Dean, Patricia Haskey, Helene Hearn, Michael Hodgkins, Chas Jacobs, Hazel Leech, Jenny McCabe, Delcia McNeill, Sam Newby, Andrew Okey, Emma Roberts, Janet Robinson, Ruth Zanoni Roskell, Lynne Shaw, Lynn Snowdon, Paul Speight, Catriona Stamp, Melody Treasure, Suzee Tylee and Zannie have all donated their work, making the exhibition a landmark art event for Lancaster. 

An open launch night will be held at the Whale Tail on Monday 2 October from 7 - 9pm with food, drinks and live music from local band Lost Youth and the Whale Tail's own Mr J G Ramsden.

You can submit your bids to staff at the Whale Tail, or online via the LaFF Auction facebook page, where you can also see images of the artworks

The Exhibition and Auction have been organised by local anti-fracking campaign group Lancaster Fights Fracking (LaFF).

Faye Penny, a member of the group, told VL: 

"We're having the auction to raise awareness of fracking and raise funds for our activism. I have a friend who came up with the idea, Colette Bain, who is an artist herself. She contacted a couple of her friends, I contacted mine and they recommended others.

"The Whale Tail Cafe also asked for art on their fb page.  As you can see, the local arts community has been very supportive; we've got loads of great pieces! A whole range from amateur to professional. All sorts of media. There'll be something for everyone!"

Fracking forced onto Lancashire

Lancastrians were outraged when their County Council's decision to refuse planning permission for fracking company Cuadrilla to drill at Preston New Road near Blackpool was overturned by Secretary of State Said Javid in October 2016. There has been a constant protest outside the site since it began construction, with many arrests (without charge). You can get up to date news and video from the protest at the Blackpool and Fylde Community Protection Group fb page. 

Energy Company holds Lancaster fracking licence

Warwick Energy even holds a license for fracking exploration that extends from Bowland Fell to Heysham, across South Lancaster, Bowerham, Hala, Bailrigg and Galgate. 

How to join in

Faye also told us about the group Lancaster Fights Fracking:

"We meet on Thursdays, upstairs at the Apothecary at 7.30pm. We share information and plan and implement ways to prevent fracking from going ahead. Such as information stalls in town, transport to protest at Cuadrilla's site at Preston New Road, banner making, discussion nights and fundraising events such as this."

You can find out more about Lancaster Fights Fracking at their facebook group page