Art on the Tiles
The Curzon Cinema continue their fundraising to repair the damage to the roof with the launch of their new campaign, “Art On The Tiles”. Cinema lovers, film buffs and those who appreciate the history of our iconic building will be able to purchase old tiles from the roof of the Curzon with a unique twist.
The Curzon Cinema is excited to launch our Art on the Tiles auction. The money raised will help completely restore our roof and save one of the world’s oldest, purpose built, continuously running cinemas from closure. We will be auctioning some of the old roof tiles, made locally by the Sidney Keen Brickworks in the 1920’s. Each tile has been transformed into a work of art which is absolutely one of a kind. The auction will take place on Ebay, starting on Sunday 1 December and finishing on Sunday 8 December. Images of the tiles will be listed below as they are completed.The auction will go live here on the 1st December.Tiles will be created by Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit, as well as Aardman’s Founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton. More notable Aardman designers and directors will join them as well as 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.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. This auction is a key part of the campaign to save the Curzon from closure.