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Exhibition to celebrate the life of professional artist

24th July 2018

An art exhibition, which will celebrate the life of a Worcestershire artist, is due to take place next month.

The event on Saturday 11 August at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, near Evesham  is in memory of professional artist Clive Pryke.

The exhibition will raise funds for St Richard’s Hospice, who helped care for Clive before he died in August 2017. Clive was originally diagnosed with oesophageal cancer four years earlier.

Jan Pryke, Clive’s wife, explained : “We have managed to put together a selection of Clive’s paintings, some are on loan from private collections, some are for sale; but the important point of this exhibition is to show the artistic ability of a much loved, admired and truly missed individual who has left this lasting record of his work to be enjoyed forever.”

Clive, who was born in Cheshire in 1948, trained with the Stockport Art Guild; his love of the traditional English countryside inspired him to paint landscapes in watercolours and oils.  With increasing demand for his work, he became professional in 1982.  He exhibited regularly throughout the UK, United States and France, with his paintings sold all around the world as part of private collections.

Clive and Jan were married in June 2007 at the same venue as next month’s art exhibition and it holds a very special place in Jan’s heart.

She explained: “The Fleece Inn was very much part of our lives and we had many good times there. We managed to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary there and the Morris Men danced for us just like they did on our wedding day. Clive only had two months to live at that point.  His funeral was also there which we managed to turn into a celebration of his life and once again it was full of love, laughter and music. His ashes are even buried at the bottom of the Fleece garden with a cider apple tree growing from him.”

Jan concluded : “St Richard’s made it possible for Clive to die at home with the help of their specialist nurses; they managed his pain relief, supported me throughout and towards the end of his life, managed night and agency care.  Without their love and support we would simply not have been able to cope.”

Visitors to the art exhibition will be asked for a donation with 20 per cent of any painting sold going to the hospice.

Claire James, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said: “We are, as ever, so grateful for the fundraising spirit of people like Jan and would encourage as many people as possible to go along to the exhibition and view the wonderful paintings of such a celebrated artist.”

For further information contact Jan Pryke on 01386 834673.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.