A campaign to erect a permanent memorial to commemorate the life and work of a North Shields artist has received a funding boost.
The Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird group is aiming to raise £5,000 to install a permanent memorial to the artist in the town’s Preston Cemetery.
Despite being an award-winning artist and First World War veteran, Rainbird – who was born in 1887 and died in 1936 – is buried in a pauper’s grave in the cemetery.
The memorial appeal has received a donation of £200 from Tynemouth Fine Art, whose Linskill Centre gallery sells paintings by local artists.
Visitors to an exhibition of Rainbird’s paintings at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre are also supporting the appeal through donations, with the appeal total at around £2,000.
Dave Young, of the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird, said: “It is very sad that such a talented son of North Shields is buried in an unmarked grave in his home town.”
It is very sad that such a talented son of North Shields is buried in an unmarked grave in his home townDave Young, of the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird
“We are grateful to Tynemouth Fine Art and to the many visitors to the exhibition for supporting the appeal to provide a permanent memorial for this important local artist.
“Rainbird had a distinguished war service with the Northumberland Fusiliers and his paintings and drawings are an important record of life in the north east before and after the First World War.
“We hope that the exhibition and appeal fund will not only encourage people to reassess Rainbird’s life and work, but also result in the installation of a long overdue permanent memorial at his gravesite.”
The exhibition – From Dark to Light: the art and life of Victor Noble Rainbird – is now on at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, on the North Shields Quayside.
It is the largest exhibition of paintings by the North Shields-born artist to have been staged since the 1930s, and brings together many paintings in his home town that have never previously been seen in public.
The exhibition will run until September and has been organised by The Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird in association with Tynemouth Fine Art.
For more information about the Friends of Victor Noble Rainbird visit www.victornoblerainbird.com