25th January, 2010





January 25th, 2010

Bigger Picture Gallery holds online Auction in support of The Crystal Palace Cinema Campaign

Artists in Crystal Palace are canvassing support for a 'silent auction' to help local cinema campaigners.

Bids are being invited for the painting 'Big Yellow Field' by Angelique Hartigan, who jointly runs the Bigger Picture gallery in Church Road Crystal Palace.

“With the Picture Palace Campaign so closely aligned with ours at Bigger Picture we wanted to find a way to contribute” said Angelique.

50 per cent of the proceeds will go directly to the Picture Palace Campaign.

Anyone wishing to bid for the painting should email info@biggerpicturegallery.co.uk with their name, address, phone number and the amount they are bidding, stating 'silent auction' in the subject line.

The winner will be the highest bidder at 5pm on Friday 12th February. The winner will be announced at Bigger Picture's Valentines’ Open Evening on Friday 12th February with daily auction updates appearing on the Bigger Picture website (www.biggerpicturegallery.co.uk)

Big Yellow Field is a quintessential English countryside scene looking across a field of corn at the height of one of our warmer summers. In the distance a little white house sits on the edge of a dark magical wood. The painting is Oil and Acrylic on Canvas and measures 39" x 39".

Big Yellow Field is currently on display at The Bigger Picture Gallery at 93 Church Road, Crystal Palace. A spokesperson for the Picture Palace Campaign said, “We are expecting the KICC to appeal the decision imminently and funds are desperately needed for professional planning advice to fight it. Any donations are extremely welcome.” For further information contact the Picture Palace Campaign at admin@picture-palace.org


Established in May 2009 the Bigger Picture Gallery is the brainchild of artists Roy Peterson and Angelique Hartigan. Its success has been further consolidated by being a registered Community Interest Company, winning the 2009 London area photo competition held by Social Enterprise England – an award won by Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen, in 2008.

In addition to making art more accessible to the local community, the group is keen to regenerate empty shops in the Crystal Palace Triangle, which has seen the closure of many units due to the economic downturn.

Roy Peterson, originally from North Carolina, but an eight year resident of the Triangle says, “Our aim is to showcase the work of local talent working across various media from works on canvas through to ceramics and jewellery.  We want to bring life and colour back to Crystal Palace and attract as many people as possible, making this a real destination for art lovers of all kinds.  And by bringing life to empty shops we hope to benefit all local businesses that we are keen to support throughout.”

The Gallery at 93 Church Road has been backed by Croydon Enterprise (now CEDC) and more widely, the Government is supportive of such initiatives with the then Secretary of State for communities and local government, Hazel Blears, announcing £3m of funding for thousands of small grants for people who find creative re-use for empty shops.

In the short time the gallery has been open the Bigger Picture team has enjoyed enormous success in bringing local artists, musicians, writers and film lovers together and is planning an exciting schedule of events throughout the coming months here at Crystal Palace, of which the on-line auction is just one.

The Picture Palace Campaign (PPC) team is an association of local residents, traders and cinema supporters, who volunteer their time and expertise to help bring a cinema back to Crystal Palace.

The Rialto cinema at 25 Church Road was purpose built in 1928. It later became the Granada before being supplanted by a bingo hall in 1968. This building was purchased by the Kingsway International Christian Centre last July with the intention of changing the use of this building from D2 'entertainment' to D1 'place of worship'.

The campaign has led to more than 6,000 people joining the campaign via Facebook and Bromley Council have received over 3,500 objections from local residents and traders.

KICC's application for change of use was refused by Bromley Council Plans Sub Committee on Thursday December 17th 2009.

The Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace Triangle district centre sits on the edges of five London boroughs – Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. Most of the businesses are in Croydon or Lambeth, but one side of Church Road, including the former cinema, is located in Bromley.

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