This year's Summer Exhibition at Project Workshops in Quarley raised money for the Alzheimer's Society.
Opening the 7th annual exhibition, which runs until May 11th, Sir George said that the use of the buildings at Lains Farm showed would could be done as part of the rural diversification programme. "These disused buildings have been tastefully converted, and the area around landscaped to provide an ideal environment in which artists can work"
Sir George said he was delighted that the nearby disused grain store would be demolished to make way for more accommodation for artists, as well as for a new purpose built foundry. The new buildings will complement the existing ones, and allow a second courtyard to be provided.
Sir George said that the workshops were the jewel in the crown of North Hampshire, and that the exhibition provided an ideal showcase for local talent. He applauded the decision of Richard and Mandy Atkinson-Willes to help raise funds for the Alzheimers Society. Artists had generously donated an item of work for the silent auction - and Sir George said his eye was caught by one of Mary Jane Bucks' Beasty Bags.
Wine for the event was provided by Caviste of Overton, and Just4Jazz provided background music.
Artists in Test Valley also displayed their members' work. They are an independent group of professional artists based in Western Hampshire.