In December 2019, the Curzon Cinema auctioned 39 of our old roof tiles that had been transformed into unique works of art. Cinema lovers and film buffs had the chance to purchase the tiles, made locally at the Sidney Keen Brickworks in the 1920s, in a week-long eBay auction.
The star of the show was Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit tile which raised a staggering £5,101.

Tiles were also created by Aardman’s founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton and Aardman designers and directors. They were joined by highly regarded local artists and internationally renowned painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, street artists, film industry professionals and illustrators – including Alan Lee, illustrator of the Tolkien books and film concept artist for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and film critic Mark Kermode

We were delighted that the auction raised £22,208 towards our roof appeal to save the Curzon. A fantastic boost to our appeal. Our huge thanks to everyone involved – not least the artists, who donated their time and materials, and our generous supporters who bought the tiles.
The Curzon originally opened as The Picture House in 1912, five days after the loss of the Titanic. The opening performance became a screening to raise money for survivors and victims’ families. The cinema was greatly expanded 10 years later without losing a single screening. Today, despite repairs over the years, rain water has been coming in and damaging this unique building. The situation is critical and our future is in doubt.