A famous artist who has a £12,500 painting for sale at an exhibition in Mid Wales plans to donate a proportion of its takings to anti-windfarm campaigners who are preparing to contest a major public inquiry.
Freda Hughes, an English-born Australian poet and painter who now lives in Montgomery, is showing at Mid Wales Art Centre for the first time in an exhibition called ‘Food for Thought’.
Being opposed to windfarm development she came up with the idea of painting a scene entitled ‘Welsh Hills – No Wind Turbines’ and will give a proportion of its sale price to the Alliance’s Fighting Fund.
“Welsh Hills – No Wind Turbines was Freda’s ‘food for thought’,” explained Cathy Knapp, owner of Mid Wales Art Centre, Maesmawr.
“Like myself and all artists she loves the beauty of the landscape and is opposed to any windfarm development, that is why we decided to do what we can to help support the Alliance in their fight against windfarms.”
Cathy herself plans to support the Alliance’s Fighting Fund by donating a percentage of her fee from every painting sold during the exhibition.
Proposed windfarms at Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair, Carnedd Wen and re-powering Llandinam are large scale and well above the 50 megawatt jurisdiction of the Welsh Government, and are therefore dealt with by the UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change.
The public inquiry was been convened because Powys County Council, as a consultee for large windfarms over 50MW, refused to support their construction.
It got under way at The Royal Oak Hotel in Welshpool in June but was adjourned until September 3.
Anti-windfarm campaigners are aiming to raise £150,000 to contest the major public inquiry into five large windfarms in Powys.
Members of more than 20 regional protest groups, such as Montgomeryshire Against Pylons (MAP) and the Conservation of Upland Powys (CUP), joined forced in February to form a coalition, known as The Alliance, to start up a ‘Fighting Fund’.
Alison Davies, chairman of CUP, said: “This is a very generous offer from both Freda Hughes and Cathy Knapp and we are absolutely delighted. It gives us a huge lift and will go along way towards helping fund the fight against windfarms.”
The exhibition at Mid Wales Art Centre, Maesmawr, runs until October 20.
There are about 200 paintings on display, many created by the hands of Powys’ most talented artists.
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