So…. the Victor Noble Rainbird exhibition “From Dark to Light” at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields is over and the amazing sum of £6,007 was raised by the generous visitors to the exhibition who donated money or bought cards, catalogues and Rainbird Prints!
… And money is actually still coming in from Rainbird Prints that we have continued to sell – so the total is getting closer to £6,500.
This was beyond Dave’s wildest dreams – as you can see from the photograph … he’s pretty chuffed!
This was the third attempt by a person/group to raise money for a memorial to Rainbird – so “third time lucky” as they say – I’m so pleased it was Dave and “The Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird” that managed to achieve it!
Dave had visited The Excelsior Academy in Newcastle whose primary school is named after Rainbird in December 2014 and they donated some of the proceeds from a family fun day to the Rainbird Memorial Fund after David gave a talk to the youngsters at school and brought in examples of Rainbird’s paintings and sketches to show pupils.
The planning has now started in earnest to get the Memorial finished and put in place at Preston Cemetery.
Dave has a target of Tuesday 8 March 2016 to have it sorted by. This will be 80 years to the day that Rainbird died in 1936.
Wednesday of this week was ‘moving day’ so to speak of the headstone from Classic Masonry in North Shields (who donated the stone) to Neil Talbot, the sculptor chosen by Dave to carve the headstone.
We’ve been a few times to check on progress.The stone was cut to size by Jimmy “One” using an industrial circular saw.
Paul then shaped the rounded headstone by hand – that’s quite a skill!
The headstone was wrapped in heavy duty polythene to protect it ready for the trip to the sculptors yard.
The whole thing weighed about 1/4 ton – so Dave had to hire a truck from Jimmy “Two” with it’s own crane attached to be able to lift the headstone on the truck at Classic Masonry and then off again in Riding Mill where the sculptor will be working on it.
Neil plans to work on the headstone “outside”….. yes … through the autumn and winter!
He’s going to erect a poly-tunnel to “protect” him and the stone from the weather.
The design for the memorial has been sketched out by Neil and agreed by Dave. One of the elements on the headstone “could” be a North Shields Fisherwoman… Neil showed us a clay model impression of how this might look.
The headstone will feature images that appeared in Rainbirds paintings – fisherwomen, creels and fishingboats.
We are planning on returning to see how Neil has progressed with the headstone in a few weeks time…. so watch this space!
If you would like to buy a Rainbird mounted A4 print (make a lovely Christmas gift…. ) – they are £20 each (plus £5.50 p&p or free to collect from North Shields). See my website for further details.
There’s a choice of 4 prints …. this one is my favourite….
Oh…and… the answer to the question “How many “Jimmy’s?” is …. two!