If you're local to the Hampshire area, more specifically Basingstoke, you most likely would have seen a number of colourful art installations throughout the town over the past few months resembling "book benches". These creations formed part of the Sitting with Jane art trail which commemorated 200 years since Jane Austin's passing. The project also celebrated the historical heritage of one of Britain's most influential women, an author who spent most of her life in Basingstoke and her final years in Winchester.
The wonderfully talented Sian Storey was approached to create two of the 24 book benches on the trail; The Golden Peacock which took inspiration from Pride and Prejudice, and Once Upon a Time in Steventon which depicted Jane's birthplace. On Saturday 16th September the artworks were all auctioned off for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, with the Golden Peacock raising a fantastic sum of £7,000 for a great cause. The centre is currently aiming to raise £5 million and has at the time of writing reached over £1.5 million. For further details and donations please visit Ark Cancer Centre Charity.