Hampshire & Isle of Wight

The Hampshire Artists Co-operative appeals for 'rich patron'

Selborne Gallery Image copyright Colin Smith
Image caption If a buyer cannot be found for the gallery it will be auctioned off on 5 November.

A group of nine Hampshire artists has appealed for a patron with £120,000 to buy their gallery before it has to be auctioned off.

The Hampshire Artists Co-operative have until 5 November to find a wealthy philanthropist before the Selborne Gallery goes under the hammer.

Chairman Toni Goffe said there had been a gallery on the site for the last 30 years.

He said: "The whole cultural side of the village will disappear."

He added: "People come in and say how much they like the gallery being here and we think it will be greatly missed."

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