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 foundersPeter LordandDavid Sproxton and Aardmandesigners and directors. They were joined by highly regarded local artists and internationally renowned painters, sculptors, musicians, actors, street artists, film industry professionals and illustrators – includingAlan 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.
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.
With thanks to Jenny Hardy at Room 42 photographic studio, Clevedon