An art exhibition, celebrating a collection of humorous Norfolk headlines and local artistic talent, has raised over £5,000 for OPEN Youth Trust, a city-centre youth charity providing opportunities to disadvantaged young people across Norfolk.

Lolcal News, inspired by local graphic designer, Sinead Birmingham, donated profits from ticket sales and prints to OPEN to help children and young people express themselves through creativity, after the success of their inaugural art exhibition last week.

The 30-year-old graphic designer's collection of amusing and sometimes baffling headlines grew after she moved back to Norwich a year ago having scoured Norfolk papers for quirky ‘gems’ - "I've always loved my local news, and when I moved from Norfolk to Surrey for university 10 years ago I kept reading the papers online and found comfort and joy in the local headlines and Norfolk humour " said Miss Birmingham. From here, Sinead asked artists to create a piece based on each.

One of the pieces by local artist Nadine Huseyin, entitled ‘Nobody knows why one of Suffolk’s busiest bridges closed last night’ has even been bought by the Mayor of Norwich -
“This is a wonderfully quirky piece of art that I will cherish and will serve as a lovely reminder of my year as Lord Mayor. It was a really inspiring event which epitomised what a vibrant and caring city Norwich is. My thanks to everyone who made it possible.” Said the Lord Mayor of Norwich Councillor Martin Schmierer.

Harriet Davies, Fundraising Coordinator said; “We are so thankful to Sinead for bringing us such a creative idea and choosing us as a venue and the charity to benefit from this amazing amount of money – the event itself was a huge success and special thanks must also go to our sponsors, the general public for supporting and all the lovely artists for getting involved and donating 100% of profits from all art sold, which will go towards our work with disadvantaged young people across Norfolk.”

It is with thanks to headline sponsors; borne & Healeys Printers for their kind sponsorship of the exhibition and support from  Redwell Brewery, Bullards Gin & Winbirri Vineyard for their generous sponsorship of the private view event.

Postcards of each piece can still be purchased from OPEN’s Box Office on Bank Plain, with all proceeds to the charity. 

Photo caption:  Lord Mayor of Norwich Cllr Martin Schmierer with artist Nadine Huseyin & Lolcal Exhibition at OPEN

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