This fantistic event was hosted at the college, giving art enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase Art in a affordable way.
The event was really well attended with many queuing for the opportunity to purchase affordable original art that might have been by someone famous. The works were anonymously donated by acclaimed artists, art students, celebrities, architects, illustrators, jewellers, photographers…with the opportunity to buy any work for just £35. Only when buyers received their purchase was the name of the artist revealed!
The aim of the event was to help heighten awareness of the importance of gardens as a vital resource and habitat for wildlife.
The Secret Art Sale received submissions from Ian Ritchie CBE RA, Diana Armfield RA RWS, Quentin Blake, Norman Ackroyd CBE RA, not to mention Ian Hislop, Mike Leigh, Gordon Buchanan and Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse. We also had some amazing pieces from graphic art, architectural and fine art students.
All proceeds benefit the Environment Trust, an established conservation charity that aims to inspire love of local places. Environment Trust understands the role and power of art in relation to the environment and we hope this exhibition will help us bring the creative talents of a diverse range of people to a much wider audience. 24% of Greater London is made up of private gardens and our focus this year is on the importance of gardens as habitat for wildlife. The funds generated from the sale of artwork at this Secret Art Sale will enable the Trust to work directly with schools, local communities and others to highlight the use of gardens and other green spaces as habitat that will encourage the return of once common species like the hedgehog. Even in highly urbanised places, lots can be done to improve the well-being of wildlife and people while maintaining the character and distinctiveness of an area, those things that create a sense of place.
“I’m very excited about this inclusive event opening up art to everyone and making it accessible to a much wider audience. “ John Anderson, Chair, Environment Trust
“One of the most appealing elements of the Secret Art Sale to me, is that through the event original, handmade, high quality art is being made available to everyone and that the funds generated by the Sale will go towards maintaining and restoring our local area - it's really a win, win for everyone”. Jane Kell, local artist.