5:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013
CELEBRITY doodles will be transformed into works of art in the latest project from the resident glass artist at Broadfield House Glass Museum.
Allister Malcolm is hoping local celebrities like Dudley’s Lenny Henry will get on board and submit a signed drawing that glassmakers can use as the inspiration for an accompanying piece of art.
They will then be combined and sold at Fielding’s Auctioneers, Stourbridge, with all proceeds going towards the British Glass Foundation to help preserve the region’s glass heritage.
Mr Malcolm, aged 38, has been at the Kingswinford museum for six years and was inspired by a story he heard about artist Damien Hirst giving a doodle to a taxi driver in London, which was then sold at auction for £12,000.
He said: “I thought if it could be that simple, maybe a lot of local celebrities might want to support the preservation of our glass heritage in the Midlands.
“But I don’t want to rely on the good nature of celebrities to do all the work so I want to encourage glass artists to take up the challenge and base a body of work around the celebrity’s doodle and replicate it in glass to make it more relevant. “There are a few artists that are quite keen to do something.
“I am really excited to see where this project could go and I am optimistic that we can raise vital funds to preserve the collections and in doing so, help spread the word about our aims.”
The project is still in its infancy and Mr Malcolm has urged members of the public who have connections to the celebrity world to approach their contacts to see if they would be interested in supplying a signed doodle.
He said while he hopes the likes of Lenny Henry will get involved in an ideal world, he would like to see a member of the Royal family pick up a pen and support the cause.
Anyone who can help can contact Mr Malcolm by calling 07961867206 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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