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 will be auctioning 50 of the old roof tiles, on which artists have been commissioned to paint something relating to film/cinema. From local artists to internationally recognised filmmakers and designers, the tiles available to purchase will be something never seen before and absolutely one of a kind.

The auction will take place on Ebay, starting on the 1st December and closing 8th December. More details on the designs for each tile available will be listed on the Curzon website as they return from the artists to the cinema.

The campaign has kicked off to a great start with members of the Aardman Animation team agreeing to decorate tiles with images from their well known productions. Nick Park, Peter Lord and David Sproxton are taking part in ‘Art on the Tiles’, as well as other notable Aardman directors who will be decorating vintage roof tiles from the cinema with their internationally renowned characters.

This fundraising is imperative to saving the structure of the roof which houses the cinema, please share the news!

The local community have been coming together in fantastic fashion by attending fundraising events and contributing to the “tag a tile” campaign, where for a donation of £10, you can write whatever you like onto one of the new tiles for the roof and leave a piece of yourself in the heart of the cinema.

Despite repairs over the years, rain water has been coming in and damaging this unique building and the situation has become serious. The ornate tin panelling, which reaches throughout the building and is the most complete example known to survive in England, is rusting and deteriorating.

Our collection of nearly 500 cinematic artefacts, some of which are incredibly rare, is in peril. The situation is critical. All of the old tiles will be replaced with 12,833 new tiles, as well as major reconstruction to the roof. This auction is a key part of the campaign to save the Curzon from closure.