Reception to celebrate Eye artist’s donated works

Eye, Suffolk. Eye Town Hall ENGANL00120131014161811
Eye, Suffolk. Eye Town Hall ENGANL00120131014161811

Seven pieces of art painted by a famed Eye artist will be made viewable to the public for the first time ever at a special celebration of his works at Eye Town Hall next month.

Eye Town Council will hold a reception as part of the town’s Heritage Weekend on September 13 to thank Angela Kilmartin, the great, great, great granddaughter of renowned painter Robert Mendham who donated these previously unseen works, which up until now have resided in her home.

Mrs Kilmartin, who lives in Essex and is a writer by trade, said her “heart rose with joy” when she heard the paintings had been accepted, stating that the chamber had almost become a “miniature Robert Mendham museum.”

She told the Diss Express: “It’s absolutely thrilling. I ought to be feeling sad but I am completely relieved that this beautiful pictures are going into a room where everybody can enjoy them.

“I am really excited. It never occurred to me until last year that they could be for the town of Eye, but it’s a brilliant idea that has come to fruition.”

Mrs Kilmartin added that distant relatives from Netherlands would be travelling to be a part of the reception.

The event will be attended by Lord Deven as a guest of honor and there will be a talk about the works of Robert Mendham.

Eye Heritage Week will also feature a Pop-Up Museum with exhibits on the American Airbase, local metal detecting finds and artefacts donated by local residents, as well as a portrait exhibition held by the BANK.

Members of the public have been invited to the Robert Mendham reception. Those interested in attending should call 01379 651898 or email