CAPO joins the wider arts community in being saddened by the passing of Andrew Sayers over the last weekend.

Among all the other ways in which Andrew enriched the local (and national) arts communities, he was also CAPO’s Patron during a particularly important period of our existence.

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Andrew Sayers Opens CAPO 24 at the National Portrait Gallery’s lakeside home

In 2005 CAPO transitioned from its traditional role as the convenor of extravagant themed balls as a vehicle for fundraising to the leaner and more focused model that you see today. We were able to attract Andrew as our Patron that year, and were also able to begin a 3-year residency in the National Portrait Gallery’s Annex in its new lakeside premises for the CAPO Auction that year (halcyon days for this artspace). Andrew was instrumental in the reinventing of CAPO as the organisation you know today, and we are forever indebted to him for his dedication and energies. 

CAPO extends its condolences to Andrew’s family and honours a truly significant figure in the making of our organisation as you see it today.