A North East hospice stands to benefit from a special weekend of arts activities in Newcastle.
Expo 2014 is the latest edition of a selling exhibition which has been held in the church hall of St George’s, Jesmond, every two years since the early 1980s.
On offer are various works of art, including paintings, prints, ceramics and jewellery, with 25% of the total proceeds going to St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth.
Cyril Winskell, who has chaired the organising committee since the earliest days, said: “We have got more then 200 works for sale this year and there is also a table with smaller works which can be bought and taken away immediately.”
The bigger items will remain on display all weekend and also qualify for the competition with certificates on offer for the best exhibit in various categories.
Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite Expo exhibit.
Complementing the exhibition will be talks by art experts Germaine Stanger and Marie-Therese Mayne and various musical performances. Refreshments will also be served.
Among the artists represented at Expo are Anne Macdonald, who specialises in ceramics and was one of the exhibition founders, woodworker Lionel Crawford, photographer Rick Portsmouth and painters Tom Dack, Cyril Winskell and Peter J Rodgers.
Forty pieces of art and craft made by hospice patients and volunteers will also be on display.
Fiona Clark, therapeutic activities facilitator at St Oswald’s, said: “We’re thrilled to have a stall at the Expo again this year.
“We’re so grateful for their ongoing support, having raised over £3,000 at the last event.
“We couldn’t continue to provide our services without the support of our local community so events like this are vital to the hospice.”
She added that the St Oswald’s craft room was one of the facilities most valued by patients, families, staff and volunteers.
It provided a creative space for patients to learn new skills, express their feelings and relax. It was also a distraction from their condition, symptoms and worries.
Expo 2014 is open on Saturday from 10am until 7pm and on Sunday from 10.30am to 4.30pm.