Last week we held an impromptu art sale and exhibition of Ruth Leibman’s art work in the Council Chamber here at Wac Arts. Ruth was born in Glasgow in 1927 and moved to Belsize Park in 1940, here she began painting the goings on and surroundings of her home. After Ruth sadly passed away in 2000 in Belsize Gardens she left a body of work with the wish that one or more retrospective exhibitions should be mounted after her death. As a result of Wac Arts holding two successful exhibitions of Ruth’s work we had a selection of art donated to us by the Ruth Leibman trust to raise much needed donations for Wac Arts programmes. This included framed/ unframed works, sketch books, canvas, boards and many other artefacts and pieces dating from 1950s to 2000s, and included various portraits and landscapes capturing the engaging and lively daily scenes around Hampstead and Belsize Park. The extensive collection also featured her work done when travelling around Spain and South Africa and some of her still lifes.
Upon receiving this donation we swiftly turned the Council Chamber into an exhibition space and had such a fascinating time going through what constituted to Ruth’s life’s work. Even with little time to advertise the sale, we sold £2700 worth of work with every penny going to Wac Arts and its essential programmes for young people! Plus, we have another £3000 worth of paintings reserved and will hold another sale with the remaining pieces in the Autumn. Not only has Ruth’s art supported Wac Arts but by holding the exhibitions and taking the donated art work we have been able to help the Ruth Leibman trust by carrying out the wish in Ruth’s will, to hold retrospective exhibitions with the money supporting a local cause.
Thank you to the Ruth Leibman Will Trust for this Legacy gift.
If you would like to join the mailing list for future exhibitions and events or are interested in leaving a Legacy gift please contact Hayley.Butler@WacArts.co.uk.